Thursday, May 6, 2010

Publishers get together to beat down pirates [Updated]; ComicBookResources.com, 5/5/10

Brigid Alverson, ComicBookResources.com; Publishers get together to beat down pirates [Updated]:

"The FBI has served a warrant on the pirate site HTMLcomics.com and shut down their servers.

Acting on a warrant that alleged criminal copyright infringement, they shut down the site and confiscated the servers, according to this press release from the law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

According to the release, DC, Marvel, Dark Horse Comics, Bongo Comics, Archie Comics, Conan Properties Int’l LLC, Mirage Studios Inc., and United Media set aside their differences, formed a consortium, and lawyered up in order to shut down the site, which claimed an average of 1.6 million visits per day and offered 6,630,021 pages of comics available for unrestricted reading.

Rich Johnston blogged about these guys a few weeks ago, noting that they claimed that they weren't violating any copyright laws because they make the pages available for viewing online but not for download. Of course, it took his commenters about 30 seconds to defeat that, and anyway, the Department of Justice begs to differ with them on the legal issues.

UPDATE: Colleen Doran has some experience with this site and its proprietor."

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2010/05/publishers-get-together-to-beat-down-pirates/