Publishers sue Shopify for alleged copyright and trademark violations – JURIST – News
Five major publishing houses have filed a complaint against Shopify on pirated learning materials like eBook PDFs and test materials. Macmillan Learning, Cengage Learning, Elsevier, McGraw Hill, and Pearson Education allege the e-commerce platform has failed to remove listings and stores that infringe on each publisher’s trademarks and copyrights. Their lawsuit, filed Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, says Shopify allows multiple websites to use its technology to illegally print and sell textbooks, test banks and other identical materials. or “substantially indistinguishable” from publishers. some products.
The lawsuit alleges that Shopify “plays the role of host, facilitator and protector of a world of digital textbook pirates” and “aids and profits from the online sale of counterfeit copies” of manuals and other merchandise. The complaint claims that since 2017 Shopify has received detailed legal notices almost every week naming specific subscribers who use the company’s services to engage in the hack. Despite this, the publishers said Shopify did not take action against people selling “pirated content” on the platform.
Shopify’s failure to deal with textbook pirates, publishers say, is negatively impacting business bottom lines. Illegal digital copies of textbooks are offered for a fraction of the price of official digital textbooks, reducing perceived value and leading to lower sales.
The publishers are asking for the maximum amount of statutory damages, up to $ 150,000 per copyright infringed and $ 2 million for each trademark infringed.