LOS ANGELES (CN) – A campus copy shop made and sold at least 36 unlicensed textbooks to University of California Riverside students over the past two years, publishers claim in Federal Court.
Publishers Cengage Learning, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Pearson Education and John Wiley & Sons say Archetype Design and Screen Printing offered to make an illegal copy of any textbook a Riverside student requested. Archetype would then sell the copy to the student and keep a master digital copy of the book for other students.
The publishers say Archetype sold illegally produced copies of at least eight of their texts: “Principles of Economics,” “Cost Accounting for Managerial Planning, Decision Making, and Control,” “The 20th Century and Beyond, a Global History,” “Problems from Philosophy,” “Traditions and Encounters, a Brief Global History,” “Biology,” “Information Systems for Managers,” and “Intermediate Accounting.” The plaintiffs say each of these books was assigned in Riverside classes over the last two years.
The plaintiffs say Archetype’s actions have not only cost the publishers money, but also harmed the professors who wrote the textbooks, as “depriving authors of (textbook) income can have serious repercussions for them and their scholarly work.”
Archetype also allegedly allowed Riverside students to copy portions of protected texts on the shop’s copy machines.
The plaintiffs demand an injunction preventing further infringement, a court order to seize Archetype’s digital copies of the plaintiffs’ books, damages, accounting and fees.
The publishers are represented by J. Andrew Coombs and Nicole Drey of J. Andrew Coombs P.C. in Glendale, California.