Britain shuts down access to 10 MILLION illegal ebooks

BRITISH broadband providers have locked down access to more than 10 MILLION illegal ebooks.

Jun 1, 2015


UK broadband providers have shut down access to close to 10 MILLION illegal ebooks


If you want to stock your eReader with a selection of the latest page-turners, it looks like you are going to have to pay for them.

The Publishers Association has this week won a High Court order which forces British broadband providers to block access to seven websites, which offer pirated ebooks.

Writers need to be paid and publishers need to be able to continue to innovate and invest in new talent and material

Richard Mollet

This is the first time book publishers have attempted this type of action.

BT, Virgin Media, Sky, EE and TalkTalk will stop customers accessing the websites by June 9th.

The sites – AvaxHome, Bookfi, Bookre Ebookee, Freebookspot, Freshwap and LibGen – are all hosted in countries outside of the UK.

It is believed that between them, the pirate websites offered access to 10 million titles.

More than 80 per cent of these books infringed on copyright laws, it has been reported.

Chief executive of the Publishers Association, Richard Mollet said: “A third of publisher revenues now come from digital sales but unfortunately this rise in the digital market has brought with it a growth in online infringement.

“Our members need to be able to protect their authors’ works from such illegal activity.

“Writers need to be paid and publishers need to be able to continue to innovate and invest in new talent and material.

“We are very pleased that the High Court has granted this order and, in doing so, recognises the damage being inflicted on UK publishers and authors by these infringing websites.”

Freebookspot – a website which provides visitors with hyperlinks to free eBooks but does not host the downloadable files itself – has claimed to have deleted more than 10,000 titles in an effort to avoid the ban.

Ofcom statistics have previously shown that of the 71 million ebooks purchased in the UK in 2013 – only 10 per cent were downloaded illegally.

Action of this type has become commonplace for the movie industry.

British internet service providers, or ISPs, have previously banned access to torrent websites and services like Popcorn Time.

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