U.S. News | Publishers, Authors Allege E-Book Copyright Infringement

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Amazon Publishing, Penguin Random House and 12 authors have filed a lawsuit in the Washington Western District Court against Kiss Library, Artem Besshapochny, and others for copyright infringement.

The plaintiffs allege that the defendants illegally copied, distributed, and sold e-books written or published by the plaintiffs without permission nor authorization.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that the authors own the registered copyrights for their works and have granted certain exclusive rights to Amazon Publishing and Penguin Random House to publish and distribute in exchange for royalties.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that the defendants’ websites contained e-book library with pirated contents that are sold at unbeatable prices including the plaintiff’s e-books without authorization nor received any royalties from the use of the e-books.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that the infringement has caused lots of damages, false designation of origin, and confusion.

The plaintiffs are seeking a declaratory judgment in their favor, disable the domain name of the defendants, impound all digital copies of the infringing works, an award for profits, costs and fees, and other relief as determined by the court.

The case is pending.

Amazon Content Services LLC et al v. Kiss Library et al

Judge: Marsha J Pechman
Court: Washington Western District Court
Case #: 2:20-cv-01048
Nature of Suit: Copyright
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: July 07, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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