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eBook “Piracy”

From ReadWriteWeb:

Study: E-Book Piracy is on the Rise

” According to Attributor, a company that develops anti-piracy and content monitoring solutions, the daily demand for pirated books can be estimated at up to 3 million people worldwide. The company’s latest study also highlights that the total interest in documents from file-sharing sites has increased more than 50% over the course of the last year. Interestingly, e-book piracy is moving away from large sites like RapidShare to smaller sites and those that specialize in pirated e-books.”

The executive summary is here as a 5 page PDF.

Now these folks have a vested interest in overstating the case but the numbers are interesting nonetheless. I’d be skeptical but we can’t ignore the risk of piracy any more than the music industry could. Then again I sure hope the same strategies aren’t considered. Indeed I am quite uncomfortable with the word ‘piracy’ which got its start in the old software piracy groups.

Eric Hellman at the GoToHellman blog has this analysis:

Consumer Demand for Pirated eBooks Stopped Growing in 2010

Now this can be confusing but you’re all statistically sophisticated enough to know that reductions in the rate of growth still means things are actually growing. And if e-book piracy has plateaued, we need to look under the hood. Are we waiting for a new device to arrive and make e-books easier to exchange and download? Is there a core group of readers who choose to ignore author’s rights? Or is e-book reading just a niche addiction? Or something else…


Posted on: October 13, 2010, 8:21 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. I think one thing which is driving Australians to raise the pixelated skull and cross bones for their ebook reading, is (artificially created) regional differences. Many books (even those by Australian authors) are available to download legally in the US, but there are no local sources (and, heaven forbid that an Australian download from an American portal – why without borders the world would implode. No, such things must be prevented).

    But if the legal version is impossible to get (or crippled with DRM) then customers will either give up on your product or find themselves drinking rum and singing about dead men’s chests.

    So, really, the companies need to spend less time measuring the Piracy and more time looking at why normally law abiding librarians are so frustrated that they are willing to ignore copyright. (although, I know a number of folk who will go online and buy themselves a print copy of everything they download so as to ensure they are paying the author for the work and able to feel morally upright. After all, even Pirates need a moral compass of some sort.)