Shmoop Wins Court Order Restraining Copyright Infringement

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Judge rules in favor of Shmoop, halting publication of materials infringing Shmoop’s copyrights.


Shmoop University announced that on March 27, 2015, the Delhi High Court issued an order restraining Goyal Brothers Prakashan, a publishing company located in India, from publishing and selling works infringing Shmoop’s copyrighted summaries of the novels The Invisible Man and Silas Marner. The court found that Shmoop's materials, which are available for free online, were copied verbatim into the infringing publications.

Shmoop ( is an established digital publisher that aims to make learning fun in the digital age. "Shmoop’s content is 100% original, and the ruling makes that abundantly clear," says Ellen Siminoff, President and CEO of Shmoop. "As a company, Shmoop encourages young students to think for themselves, and for that reason, we do not tolerate plagiarism of any kind."

As per case CS (OS) No. 876 of 2015 at the Delhi High Court, India, Goyal Brothers Prakashan is now restricted from directly or indirectly publishing, printing, distributing, selling, offering for sale, and advertising—including through their own and third party websites—Shmoop's copyrighted works. The text of the order (dated March 27, 2015) can be viewed here.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) three years in a row. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

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