$ 7.8 million fine for piracy: US court punishes Ukrainian book project

$ 7.8 million fine for piracy: US court punishes Ukrainian book project

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US court fined Ukrainian book project for piracy

The court satisfied the claim of Amazon Publishing, Penguin Random House and the US Authors Guild, confirming 52 cases of copyright infringement.

The Ukrainian book project Kiss Library was fined $ 7.8 million by the US District Court for the Western District of Washington for violating intellectual property rights. Writes about this Telegram-channel cynical_publisher.

It is noted that the court satisfied the claim of Amazon Publishing, Penguin Random House and the US Authors Guild. The defendants are the founders and leaders of the project – the Ukrainians Rodion Vynnychenko and Artem Besshapochny.

The authors started complaining about the Kiss Library two years ago. The site was reselling their books sold on Amazon at inflated prices. The project worked under different names – Kissly.net, Libly.net, Cheap-Library.com to avoid paying royalties to authors and publishers.

The court on December 17, 2021 confirmed 52 cases of copyright infringement. According to the court’s decision, the defendants must pay $ 150,000 for each book, a total of $ 7.8 million.

Earlier it was reported that in Lviv, a museum employee will go on trial for the loss of books for 8.5 million hryvnia.

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