Logan Twp., NJ (Vocus) March 16, 2010
"File sharing" is nothing new to the educational resource industry; except these days publishers have to look beyond the copier rooms at schools and libraries to find the violators. Technology designed to make sharing easier has been both a blessing and a curse for companies in the business of content, and tracking illegal usage or copyright infringement on the Internet has become a major challenge--and in some cases a full time job. The Copyright Infringement Portal, launched today, offers a simple solution that will help the educational resource community take a stand against this age-old problem.
Developed by The Publishers Association and presented to the education industry in collaboration with the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), the Copyright Infringement Portal simplifies and streamlines the process of issuing takedown notices for both copyrights and territorial rights on offending websites. It also tracks reported violations so that sites with multiple offenses can be flagged and served with further legal attention.
"We're proud to bring our members this opportunity to take action in the fight against digital piracy," said Charlene Gaynor, CEO of AEP. "Rather than spending valuable time and resources drafting legal notices, publishers can now issue a takedown notice in a matter of minutes."
Currently, the Copyright Infringement Portal targets websites offering infringing copies for free download. When a Portal subscriber finds a violation, they simply log into their account, and enter the title(s) and URL(s) of the infringing copies. The Portal identifies the Internet service provider (ISP) on which the offending site is hosted and drafts the appropriate notice. The subscriber then signs the notice electronically, and it is sent to the ISP by email.
If the Portal finds that another user has served a notice on the same site, it will identify the operator as a repeat infringer and your notice will ask the ISP to follow its policy, which could mean termination of the account.
Because of this ability to track repeat offenders, the Copyright Portal represents an important step not only for individual businesses, but for the publishing industry as a whole.
"We are glad that the members of AEP will be able to access the Portal and register legal complaints against copyright violators," said Alicia Wise, Head of Digital Publishing for The Publishers Association Limited. "By presenting a united front, publishers will help send the message that our industry does not accept infringement as the status quo."
During 2010, The Publishers Association plans to target peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing via torrents and add a tool to detect online infringement.
To find out more or sign up for the Copyright Infringement Portal, go to http://www.AEPweb.org/copyright.
The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is a nonprofit organization that serves and advances the industry of supplemental educational publishing. The membership of AEP represents the breadth of educational content developers delivering progressive educational products in all media and for any educational setting.
AEP's thought leadership and market insight have created ground-breaking opportunities for its members to collaborate, network, and partner with each other as well as to acquire a voice in the development of government education policy. Founded in 1895, AEP now assists its members in navigating the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st Century. For more information, please visit http://www.AEPweb.org.
About The Publishers Association
The Publishers Association (PA) is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal and electronic publishers in the UK. Our mission is to strengthen the trading environment for UK publishers, by providing a strong voice for the industry in government, within society and with other stakeholders in the UK, in Europe and internationally; providing a forum for the exchange of non-competitive information between publishers; and providing support and guidance to the industry through technological and other changes.
Our core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to our members, who represent roughly 80 per cent of the industry by turnover. For more information visit http://www.publishers.org.uk .