IBPA Supports Authors Guild Members, Amazon, and PRH Lawsuit Against Book Pirate KISS Library
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Posted by: Lee Wind
The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) supports Authors Guild members, along with Amazon Publishing, and Penguin Random House in their lawsuit against ebook piracy entity KISS Library. Details of that suit are in the Authors Guild announcement here and below.
Lee Child, Sylvia Day, John Grisham and Other Members of the Authors Guild Join With Amazon Publishing and Penguin Random House in Suit Against Ebook Piracy Site
(Seattle, WA - July 7, 2020) -- Members of the Authors Guild, together with publishers Amazon Publishing and Penguin Random House LLC, today filed a suit against book piracy entity KISS Library in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
The plaintiffs from the Authors Guild include its president, Doug Preston, and members and board members Lee Child, Sylvia Day, John Grisham, C.J. Lyons, Jim Rasenberger, T.J. Stiles, R.L. Stine, Monique Truong, Scott Turow, Nicholas Weinstock and
Stuart Woods. The complaint asks that KISS Library and its operators be enjoined from illegally copying, distributing and selling works written or published by the plaintiffs.
KISS Library, which does business under Kissly.net, Libly.net, Cheap-Library.com and other domain names, is a pirate online bookstore based in Ukraine that illegally sells pirated ebooks at discounted prices to unsuspecting U.S. readers. The defendants
dress their websites up to make them look like sophisticated, legitimate sites, intentionally deceiving consumers who are unaware that authors, publishers and legitimate booksellers are being denied their legal share of the sales price.
“In the last decade, and especially the last couple of years, the number of piracy complaints handled by the Authors Guild has skyrocketed, which is why we no longer could sit by and allow book piracy entities like KISS Library to continue to rob authors
and publishers of their ability to earn a living,” said Doug Preston, president of the Authors Guild and one of the plaintiffs. “We are filing this suit not only on behalf of ourselves but for the thousands of authors who labor years to write a book,
putting their hearts and souls into every sentence, only to see their income lost to book piracy.”
You can read the full announcement at the Authors Guild website here, and/or read the
full legal filing posted here.
Sandy Long, COO, The Authors Guild / firstname.lastname@example.org
Update (September 1, 2020):
Judge Issues Sweeping Order Against E-book Piracy Operation (Publishers Weekly)