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US ed publishers sue Shopify over alleged selling of pirated material

In the US, educational publishers have filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for Eastern Virginia accusing ecommerce platform Shopify of selling pirated material, reports Goodereader.

Pearson Education, Macmillan Learning, Cengage Learning, Elsevier and McGraw Hill have argued that Shopify is engaged in selling pirated copies of ebooks and test materials, and is profiting from the practice ‘without paying heed to the concerns or demands of the publishing community’.

The publishers allege that the matter has been going on for years, and have served details of their grievances to Shopify—often once every week. Shopify president Harley Finkelstein denied the allegation, stating Shopify does ‘all they can to remove pirated reading material from their site’, adding that the company has dedicated teams in place that monitor Acceptable Use Policy violations, including copyright and trademark violations.


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