Copyright Trolling For Dummies; Publisher John Wiley Sues 27 For Sharing 'For Dummies' Books
from the getting-desperate dept
It looks like more and more "mainstream" companies are jumping on the copyright trolling/mass litigation bandwagon. The latest example is publishing giant John Wiley, suing 27 John Does for sharing various Dummies books via BitTorrent. Wiley insists that its book on Photoshop alone has been downloaded over 74,000 times. For what it's worth, Wiley's lawyers appear to have carefully tried to limit the IP addresses sued to just those in New York, where the case was filed. It's not clear if Wiley will follow the path of many other trolls to follow the lawsuit and subpoenas with shakedown threat letters. That would be unfortunate. Either way, this guarantees that I won't be buying any "Dummies" books going forward (and will try to avoid other Wiley books, if possible, as well). There's just no good reason to give support to companies who sue people like this, rather than learn to adapt.