Fresh from losing a battle against the music industry causing Jammie Thomas-Rasset to be liable for paying $1.9 million in copyright infringement, lawyers Joe Sibley and Kiwi Camara has decided to sue Scribd. Scribd has “built a technology that’s broken barriers to copyright infringement on a global scale and in the process have also built one of the largest readerships in the world,” according to the two attorneys. “The company shamelessly profits from the stolen copyrighted works of innumerable authors.”
It is interesting to note that in Camara and Sibley’s last trial, they were defending a client from copyright infringement and now they are pursuing after a company that violates copyright. Camara and Sibley were interviewed back in July about whether they would ever defend copyright and they said yes assuming that they believe in the issue. The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Plaintiff Elaine Scott said that she found an unauthorized copy of her book “Stocks and Bonds: Profits and Losses, A Quick Look at Financial Markets” on the website. Scribd prides themselves as being the “YouTube for documents.”
Scribd said that they remove content when required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Scribd has built an automated filtering system that prevents unauthorized materials from being published too. “The West Coast technology industry has produced a number of start-up firms premised on the notion that commercial copyright infringement is not illegal, unless and until the injured party discovers and complains of the infringing activity, and (the) infringer fails to respond to such complaints,” states the complaint written by the lawyers.