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Ebook Piracy Sites to be Blocked by UK Net Providers

Ebook Piracy Sites to be Blocked by UK Net Providers

27th May 2015

BBC (Technology)

Seven websites that help users find unauthorised copies of eBooks are to be blocked in the UK by the country's leading broadband providers.

The Publishers Association has obtained a High Court order that requires the internet service providers (ISPs) to act by 9 June.

The offending sites are based overseas.

The movie, music and luxury goods industries have previously employed similar tactics to cause more than 100 other sites to be blocked.

The Publishers Association said that more than 80% of the material it had found on the ad-supported platforms involved, had infringed copyright.

"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," said the body's chief executive Richard Mollet.

"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."...

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