Textbook publishers sue Shopify for alleged ‘massive’ intellectual property violations


The Shopify logo is seen outside its corporate headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on September 28, 2018. REUTERS / Chris Wattie

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  • Shopify accused of turning a blind eye to pirated ebooks
  • Big publishers seek millions in damages
  • Shopify says it clearly prohibits and punishes violators

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(Reuters) – Large educational publishers on Wednesday accused e-commerce company Shopify of allowing widespread hacking in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Virginia.

Macmillan Learning, Cengage Learning Inc, Elsevier Inc, McGraw Hill LLC and Pearson Education Inc noted Canada-based Shopify has turned a blind eye to repeated claims that its users are selling pirated digital manuals and other material, allowing for “large-scale” copyright and trademark infringement.

The publishers have asked the court for damages of up to $ 150,000 per copyright infringed and $ 2 million for each trademark infringed, and have listed more than 3,400 copyrights that users have allegedly infringed. .

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Shopify provides a range of services for online storefronts, including web hosting, product management, marketing services, and payment processing.

A Shopify spokesperson said in a statement that company policies clearly prohibit merchants from infringing intellectual property rights and that it does not hesitate to punish violators. The spokesperson said the platform reviewed more than 90% of this year’s copyright and trademark reports within one working day.

The complaint says Shopify is “hugging” intellectual property protection while profiting from infringement.

The editors are represented by Matthew Oppenheim of Oppenheim & Zebrak. The company has also represented labels and music publishers in a billion dollar copyright case against internet service provider Cox Communications Inc and represents major book publishers in a copyright dispute. with Internet Archive.

The case is Macmillan Learning v. Shopify Inc, US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, # 1: 21-cv-01340.

For Editors: Matthew Oppenheim and Scott Zebrak of Oppenheim & Zebrak.

For Shopify: not available

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