"This book not only shows you how to acquire BitTorrent, but also how to use it without picking up worms, viruses, and lawsuits".]
|Bit-Torrent may pose a threat|
to Wiley's format, but so too
does its vulnerability to
parody (here) ...
Anyway, one title which John Wiley and his corporate offspring must be ruing is BitTorrent for Dummies. According to Jim Milliott ("Wiley Goes After Bit Torrent Pirates", Publishers Weekly, 1 November) the company has filed a copyright infringement suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. All 27 defendants are John Does whom, the publisher claims, are illegally copying and distributing its For Dummies books through the use of BitTorrent file-sharing software. Right now, the 27 are identifiable only by their IP addresses -- and even their most intimate friends probably don't call them by those -- and by the names of their information services providers.
|... and here|
As an aside, this blogger notes the acute vulnerability of the For Dummies format to parody and wonders what steps Wiley may be considering taking in order to preserve the integrity of its brand.
Thanks, Chris Torrero, for the link.