Pirates of the XNUMXst century: two Russians will be tried in the US for creating an illegal online library
Two Russians have been charged with creating a site with massive e-book piracy. The defendants operated a "Z-library" that offered free downloads of copyrighted works. This is stated on the site. US Department of Justice.
A federal court in Brooklyn released the indictment of Russian citizens Anton Napolsky and Valery Yermakov of criminal copyright infringement, wire fraud and money laundering. They created Z-Library (Z-library), a site with pirated e-books.
The accused were arrested on November 3, 2022 in Cordoba (Argentina) at the request of the United States. At the same time, the Z-Library online domain network was shut down and confiscated by the US government.
"Defendants illegally profited from stolen works, often uploading works within hours of publication," U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said.
“The defendants are alleged to have operated a website for more than a decade, the primary purpose of which was to provide stolen intellectual property in violation of copyright laws. Intellectual property theft crimes deprive their victims of both ingenuity and hard-earned income. The FBI is determined to ensure that those who wish to steal and profit from the creativity of others are stopped and prosecuted,” said Assistant Acting FBI Director Michael Driscoll.
Z-Library billed itself as "the world's largest library" and claimed to offer over 11 million e-books for download. Z-Library, which has been in operation since about 2009, offered e-books in various file formats that lacked copyright protection and encouraged users to download them for free.
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Many of the e-books offered in Z-Library are protected intellectual property, the copyright of which belongs to the authors and the publishers have exclusive distribution rights, and Z-Library does not have the right or license to distribute.
Thus, the main purpose of Z-Library is to allow users to download copyrighted books for free, in violation of US law. In addition to its home page, Z-Library operates as a complex network of approximately 249 interconnected web domains. All domains have been disabled and confiscated by the US government.
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