‘Scribd’, a website allowing users to upload text, and therefore publications, and make them accessible to other users, hit the headlines recently when unauthorised copies of books by famous authors such as JK Rowling and John Grisham were found on the site.

The site is based in California but is accessible worldwide, so if copies on the site are unauthorised they are potentially infringing copyright, inter alia, wherever they are downloaded anywhere in the world.

Uploading, downloading and copyright infringement

Copyright is broadly the exclusive right to reproduce, store, distribute and adapt copyright works. Text is protected as a literary work in the UK under the Copyright Designs and Patents...

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