Google Books and eBook Piracy Continues

Google Books Piracy Continues

Google Books and eBook Piracy Continues Unabated

Media exposure of rampant Google Books and ebook piracy has been going on for so long one should think that Google would have taken some simple remedial measures by now. But no, judging from this recent article in the NYT, Rousting the Book Pirates From Google, not a lot has changed. Google is still doing very little to protect authors.

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has taken Google to court in an effort to force Google to hand over the personal details of one pirate, who was (is still perhaps?) selling pirated ebooks on Google Play. Google are fighting this. Why?

Six months ago there was a lot of coverage of the Google Books piracy issue, and of the problem expanding into Google Play ebooks, including an article in the International Business Times, Ebook piracy running rampant on Google Play. Around the same time, The Digital Reader posted this piece; Google Play Books is a Safe Haven for Commercial eBook Piracy, which even included the names, with links, of the Google Books and Google Play ebook pirates.

At the time the article was written, it included this list of well-known Google Books and ebook pirates:

Huzur Burda
Dogukan Akbulut
Kazam Butur
Bestsellers – Books USA Press
Asama Davran
Samar Dana
JAMAL KASA
Zara Hakan
Global Dogan
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Update: Google killed some of those accounts in response to this post. Here’s a new list:

Bestsellers – Books USA Press
Dedem Adam (en español)
Duhyu Aban
Kansa Zera
Ahban Azer
Cather Danus
Ahacan Kanat
Best Book
Hamdi Yazar
Sahin Akbulut
Devad Akbak
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The Google Book and ebook piracy returns!

Unfortunately, it would seem that Google Books and ebook piracy is not so easily dissuaded, as in the above list, it indicates that one pirate, Dogukan Akbulut was removed by Google. But this pirate is back in action again, because when I checked yesterday,  I found two of MY books appearing for sale on Google Books under his name! Ok his one with a very old cover version, but I think my name is clear enough on it.

google books piracy feb5

I immediately lodged a complaint to Google, but of course received an automated reply:

We have received your legal request. We receive many such complaints each day; your message is in our queue, and we’ll get to it as quickly as our workload permits.

Google Books piracy continues unabated, and it says a lot about Google’s attitude towards this form of criminality. They have the means, but seemingly, not the will to combat piracy and plagiarism, which Amazon, Apple and many other tech companies take very seriously. KDP Select authors know too well how easily it is for Amazon to track ebooks. So it is possible, easily done, yet for all of Google’s technological power, they, unlike Amazon, refuse to use it.

Problems with Google Books piracy have been highlighted for a very long time now, so there is no excuse. Google are continuing to protect pirates by not taking firm action against digital piracy.

If you find your book or books have been pirated on Google Books or Google Play, all you can do is lodge a complaint with Google. But don’t expect a lot of action from them to protect your rights, as they have been infamously very slow to react to protect authors, for years.

If you have never listed your paperbacks on Google Books, or published on Google Play, perhaps think twice before you do. Because once you have, Google do little to protect you and your rights when it comes to book and ebook piracy.

Update: Google have closed its Google Play Books to new publishers. It is unsure when it will reopen, but hopefully Google are taking this step to address the piracy on its platform. But I am not holding my breath as my own book is, after more than two years, STILL available via a pirate!! 

Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

2 thoughts on “Google Books and eBook Piracy Continues

  • Is it racist to note that so many of these people have Asian names? LOL

    Reply
    • Yes, probably. :) But I don’t think Bestsellers – Books USA Press, Best Book or Global Dogan qualify as Asian. I would have though Captain Hook might have been a popular bogus name though for one of these thieves. I think the pirate list here is from all parts of the world. And who would use their real name anyway?

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