Education publishers get preliminary injunction against 60 illegal websites that use online ads to sell pirated content

NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Educational publishers, Macmillan learning, Cengage Group, Elsevier, McGraw Hill and Pearson, obtained a preliminary injunction from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against 60 websites that sell illegal and unlicensed copies of eBooks. The publishers filed a complaint against the operators of these sites on August 9, 2021 and on the same date obtained a temporary prohibition order imposing the immediate cessation of infringing activity on these sites, as well as the cessation of services provided by intermediate. that support websites. With the preliminary injunction, this injunction measure has now been extended for the duration of the litigation. This is the fourth lawsuit in less than two years that publishers have brought against pirate e-book websites, and the fourth time they have successfully obtained a preliminary injunction.

Like previous lawsuits, the current lawsuit indicates that operators of e-book pirate websites are using online advertisements, including advertisements on Microsoft’s Google and Bing, to lure customers looking for legitimate content from publishers to their illegal websites. . Besides Google and Bing, the websites rely on payment processors, web hosts, domain registrars, proxy service providers, and other internet service providers, all of which are required by the court injunction to stop facilitating illegal activity on pirate websites.

The sale of pirated textbooks harms students, who do not receive legitimate copies of the products they seek to purchase. Piracy also causes financial harm to publishers, creating a ripple effect that impacts the ability to invest in the creation of new works and scholarly contributions that benefit education as a whole. The enforcement efforts of educational publishers are aimed at stopping online piracy.

Educational editors are represented by Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP in Washington, DC

About the Cengage group

Cengage Group, a global education technology company serving millions of learners, provides affordable, quality digital products and services that equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be ready for the job. For over 100 years, we’ve enabled the power and joy of learning with reliable and engaging content, and now, integrated digital platforms. We serve the higher education, workforce skills, secondary education, English language teaching and research markets around the world. With our scalable technology, including MindTap and Cengage Unlimited, we support all learners looking to improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education. Visit us at

About Elsevier

As a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating knowledge and critical decision-making for clients in global research and health ecosystems.

In everything we publish, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring the same rigor to our information analysis solutions for researchers, health professionals, institutions and funders.

Elsevier employs 8,100 people around the world. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for over 140 years. Stemming from our roots in publishing, we offer valuable knowledge and analysis that help our users to make inroads and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath support strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support and health education. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on our 2,500+ digital journals, including The Lancet and Cell; our 40,000 electronic book titles; and our iconic reference books, such as Grey’s Anatomy. With the Elsevier Foundation and our External Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Board, we work in partnership with various stakeholders to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries. And in the world.

About Macmillan Learning

Macmillan Learning is a private, family-owned business that improves lives through learning. By linking research with learning practice, we are developing pioneering learning products and materials for students that are highly effective and improve outcomes. Our engaging content is developed in partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators and developers. To learn more, please visit or see us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or join our Macmillan community.

About McGraw Hill

McGraw Hill is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that drive results for students, parents, educators and professionals. We focus on educational equity, affordability and learning success to help learners build better lives. Based in New York City, McGraw Hill has offices in North America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions for PreK-12, higher education , professionals and others available in over 80 languages. Visit us on or find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter.

About Pearson

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common goal: to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do this by providing high-quality digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people develop their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading apprenticeship company. Learn more at

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