Friday, January 11, 2013

Intellectual Property Infringement for Dummies

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United States District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Laura Taylor Swain this week in John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v.  Carina Bowers et al. (Case No. 12-civ.-0540-LTS) entered a default judgment and granted a permanent injunction against two individuals who downloaded ebooks on Biztorrent.

According to a post on the blog, the defendants were assessed $7,000 in damages apiece for copyright and trademark infringement for downloading the plaintiff's "For Dummies" books, specifically, Photoshop CS5 All-in-One for Dummies and Herb Gardening for Dummies.

John Wiley & Sons aggressively is pursuing alleged infringers, having filed more than a dozen Biztorrent-related lawsuits against multiple defendants since 2012. Hacking for Dummies and Cooking Basics for Dummies are among other ebook titles allegedly illegally downloaded.
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