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Pearson Education, Others Sue Shopify Over Pirated Textbooks

Dec. 2, 2021, 9:00 PM

Pearson Education Inc. and four other major publishers of educational textbooks accused Shopify Inc. of enabling the sale of pirated digital textbooks, test packets, and solution materials, according to a Virginia federal court.

Shopify knowingly hosts a “world of digital textbook pirates” and has ignored the publishers’ notices detailing the specific copyright and trademark infringement, Pearson and others alleged in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group LLC, also known as Macmillan Learning, Cengage Learning Inc., Elsevier Inc., and McGraw Hill LLC joined Pearson in the lawsuit. ...