Library.nu : Assassination Details Revealed (15.02.2012)

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Who or what was responsilbe for causing library.nu to shut down? Was it a technical error? Was it a financial problem? Or was it “The International Publishers Association and the German Publishers and Booksellers Association”?

The International Publishers Association and The German Publishers and Booksellers Association

imageToday, the above two association issued the following “victorious” joint press release not only to reveal the reason behind the shutting down of library.nu, but also, to officially confirm “the death” of library.nu. When reading the press release, you can sense how happy and elated are these people about their “important sucess in the combat against internet piracy”.

I copied thier press release from a pdf file posted in their website. Is this considered as a form of piracy? Would this “illegal copying” cause the shutting down of my blog as well?

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Joint Press Release of the International Publishers Association and the German Publishers and Booksellers Association

Publishers Strike Major Blow against Internet Piracy

Geneva, 15 February 2012

Yesterday, an international alliance of publishers and publishers’ associations achieved an important success in the combat against internet piracy. Despite significant technical and legal obstacles, the alliance was able to locate the alleged operators of both the sharehoster service www.ifile.it and the link library www.library.nu, and successfully served judicial cease-and-desist orders on both.

The two entities created and operated an “internet library” which made available illegally more than 400,000 high quality e-books for immediate, free and anonymous download. The operators generated an estimated turnover of EUR 8 million (USD 10,602,400) from advertising revenues, donations and sales of premium-level accounts, thereby ranking the sites among the top piracy websites in the world.

“Today, the international book industry has shown that it continues to stand up against organised copyright crime.” says Jens Bammel, Secretary General of the International Publishers Association. “We will not tolerate freeloaders who make unjustified profits by depriving authors and publishers of their due reward. This is an important step towards a more transparent, honest and fair trade of digital content on the Internet.”

“This case demonstrates, in particular in the context of current debates, that systematic copyright infringement has developed into a highly criminal and lucrative business. The fight against piracy is not an impediment on one’s freedom of expression, but a necessity to reinstate the rule of law on the internet. It is not only in the interest of the thousands of people who dedicate their working lives to the development of our cultural heritage, but first of all in the interest of the authors who depend on fair compensation for their work. Whoever ignores how these issues are intertwined, seriously threatens the cultural diversity in our country.“ says Alexander Skipis, CEO of Börsenverein (German Publishers and Booksellers Association).

The close ties between a sharehoster service and a link library meant that the targeted entities were particularly harmful as all illegally uploaded copyright works were made immediately accessible to all internet users. The international publishers were able to assert extensive claims against the service providers who had partially concealed their identities. They were able to obtain a total of 17 interim injunctions from the Landgericht (regional court) of Munich I, and successfully served these in Ireland. In doing this, the participating publishers demonstrate their continued determination to not simply ignore copyright piracy, but to fight the large illegal platforms with all available legal measures.

The international alliance of publishers is coordinated by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein), the International Publishers Association and German law firm Lausen. The participating publishing houses are Cambridge University Press, Georg Thieme, Harper Collins, Hogrefe, Macmillan Publishers Ltd., Cengage Learning, Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Pearson Education Ltd., Pearson Education Inc., Oxford University Press, Springer, Taylor & Francis, C.H. Beck as well as Walter De Gruyter. The legal proceedings are also supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Dutch Publishers Association (NUV), the Italian Publishers Association (AIE) and the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers (STM).

About the case:

For more information on the legal action, please refer to the background document available here: http://www.internationalpublishers.org/images/stories/copyright/PR/20120214_template_library_nu_facts.pdf

About IPA:

The International Publishers Association (IPA) is the global non-governmental organisation representing all aspects of book and journal publishing worldwide. Established in 1896, IPA’s mission is to promote and protect publishing and to raise awareness for publishing as a force for cultural and political advancement worldwide. IPA is an industry association with a human rights mandate. IPA currently has 65 member associations in 53 countries.

Source: http://www.internationalpublishers.org/images/stories/newsletter/pr_library_nu.pdf

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71 Comments:

  1. 0_0 I feel like crying. “organised copyright crime” isn’t that basically what the entire publishing industry is about? Or does ripping people off not count as a crime if they’re the ones doing it?

    I’d be able to understand higher prices if the quality of the printed books was really good, but the prices are unbelievable nowadays! You’d think the words were being printed on gold, not paper…with bad quality bindings and powdery smudgy ink.

    Not to mention the prices of amazon e-books. $12 for a file??? Some e-books are actually more expensive than their paper counterparts, which is ridiculous!!

  2. shyam narayan

    when i open the site of http://www.library.nu then its say service is unabelable what is reason please tell me .

  3. This is the worst day of my life. libarray.nu was not different from any public library and to close down such a knowledge gate is a real crime against humanity.

    • It is really a crime against humanity.
      What do you think about people from the entire world :africa, asia, …
      They can’t buy for eating. How you them to bu a book for $ 100 – $150.
      People from the third world are sentenced for their entire life.
      The only way out is closed now.
      It is a meanness action against the knowledge and the humanity.

  4. I feel as if a very good and reliable friend just died… Steve, you have a perfect point. Those who posted the books had to buy at least a copy. This is what public libraires do. Knowledge development experiences a great loss.

  5. for me personally it is the same as if they burnt Alexandrian library again…

  6. I pray for another way to access the database of library.nu

  7. you are … copyrasts…

  8. That website gave me so many books not accessible from India… especially in this country without public libraries.. time for mourning !

  9. I want a copy right free world. The knowledge should be free. Not to be controlled by corporates.So cry for the loss of library.nu. Library.nu was my best friend.Let us pray to make people good to give their knowledge freely. It least we the users of library.nu should give our knowledge freely to others.In India the site nptel by IIT’s is a good step in this direction, as well as the MIT OCW.

    • This is one of the nicest comments I have read about the topic! “Let us pray to make people… give their knowledge freely”

      A few days ago, I thought that piracy is illegal but… I changed my mind… Another good reason that I now have is what the above sentence.

      Knowledge should always be kept free!

      Thank you

  10. This site was the greatest public library in the world.Opening it daily and just looking at the list varieties of book uploaded everyday had a humbling effect which every one seriously pursuing knowledge in any field will feel.In this corporate media dominated, propaganda as news filled world, library.nu was a whiff of fresh air.To the creators ,a special thanks for making me feel humbled every day.Desperately hoping for a resurrection in another form…..Now that we have the means for it , knowledge should be free!!

  11. Dr. Bipul Kumar Bhadra

    Awful! Isn’t organised copyright profit-making an organised copyright crime? please let me! Should I thank them for closing the doors of learning and knoiwledge?

  12. Dr. Bipul Kumar Bhadra

    Dr. Bipul Kumar Bhadra :Awful! Isn’t organised copyright profit-making an organised copyright crime? Please let me! Should I thank them for closing the doors of learning and knowledge?

  13. does anyone know what will happen to the people who ran the site? I mean they will certainly be confronted with a devestating accusal! Is there anyway to help them, like a FB group or a donnation found? I would defenitively support them in any way I can!

  14. Why is there only 16 publishers listed?

  15. “We will not tolerate freeloaders who make unjustified profits by depriving authors and publishers of their due reward…”.

    wtf is that suppose to mean?
    what profits?
    free knowledge?

    all those books after they were BOUGHT, were carefully scanned, pdf-ied, and uploaded on some server. that’s a lot of work! copying them for free IS NOT PIRACY. it’s like borrowing them from a friend. IS THAT ILLEGAL? in orwell’s “1984” i’m pretty sure it is.

    i think the closing of library.nu is a declaration of war

  16. Dear library.nu,
    I am a phd student/academic in a country where books on my subject are simply unavailable. I do not have the money to travel to another country to visit their university libraries. At one point I almost gave up because I needed so many books which taken together would take me a few lifetimes to pay for at my current salary. I then discovered your site. I am not a thief. I would gladly pay a reasonable amount – let’s say 1 to 3 US dollars (reasonable amount for me, possibly still expensive for other even poorer people world-wide) to buy the ebooks that were available there. But not all books on amazon are ebooks, and they are as expensive as (and sometimes more than) the paper books. I understand paper and ink and printing processes cost money, but an electronic file?
    Piracy will continue, not because people are fundamentally bad, but because the offer is not matching the demand. Look at the revolution in software – autodesk, which usually sells its software for thousands of dollars is now becoming reasonable and sells its sketchbook app for the android and iphone market at 0.99$ or a little more. The same is going to happen to the bulk of print as more ebook readers become popular.
    I don’t think of you as criminals. Maybe you made money, maybe not. You were simply ahead of your time, and filling a niche between a growing world-wide demand and a conservative, unresponsive publishing industry, who are exulting because they think they succeeded to shrink the world to the size of their narrowmindedness. In my research I read a lot about slavery and other unjust systems. The law has more often than not been on the side of the strong, the unjust and the unreasonable, until the people got fed up.
    I don’t know how deep in trouble you are. You took risks, but you did something wonderful for many, many people who would otherwise not have had access to knowledge. You are cultural heroes in a time when ogres want to imprison knowledge, sometimes at the expense of their own survival, when they cut the branches on which they sit.
    I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart. If there is a mass movement in favour of library.nu, count me in.

    • cecilia rennie

      Thanks for your beautiful letter, tikomiko; I could never have expressed my feelings so beautifully. I live in a third world country and my salary (I’m a university teacher) is 350 US dollars sa month. So the only way I could be up to date with research in my field was the internet, particularly gigapedia. I’m so grateful to gigapedia and I’d like to help in any way I can.

  17. I would also like to know if there is any way to support the people who ran the site. There is not much I can offer moneywise, but perhaps there also other possibilities to contribute. If some defense initiatives for library.nu exist, any information about it would be very appreciated.

  18. Alceste :
    does anyone know what will happen to the people who ran the site? I mean they will certainly be confronted with a devestating accusal! Is there anyway to help them, like a FB group or a donnation found? I would defenitively support them in any way I can!

    I am also with you

  19. kanav sharma

    It is a blow. Library.nu made available a large no. of books to us.Thanks to it I was able to study well published material while paying a little less.The ones who shut it down are themselves too literate AND RICH to see that there may be people in this world who really need those books they banished to nothing by closing the site. In country like mine, there are no public libraries and what libraries we have have a infrastructure unwilling to let anyone study in them.

  20. kanav sharma

    The best treatment to give these publishers who closed the site down is that those who really care should not buy the books printed by them.Mostly the same material is published by their rival publishers by the same author.Buy from such publishers.This will show the middle finger to their attempts and their hassles to get library.nu shut down.

  21. btw. those who write the textbooks are not having any profit of them. The coauthors and editors (in the best case scenario) got a free copy of their textbook and a voucher of 30% discount for a further book of the publisher valid for 1 year. I was happy to see my book on the lnu and I bet many of the coathors were too.
    We all were obliged to sign the copyright transfer agreement and I even should ask them to use my own chapter for educational purposes. This is the real theft…
    The big fishes like elsevier blame the lnu people of making 10m euros. Just check what elsevier (one of the big medical publishers) makes: 642 m€ net profit in 2010 an increase by 64% compared to 2009. Further they proudly advertise on the first pages of their printed books that they are helping the 3rd world.. Helping by what? Take for example the hinari service. It is a World Health Organization scheme for developing countries, allowing access to copyrighted medical journals. Just read some of the comments on the net: from the original portofolio each year many high impact journals are removed without clear reason for countries like Vietnam, leaving just free low impact products available.
    Another trick which makes me angry is the complete outsourcing of the editorial work to India and Pakistan. The corrections on submitted articles are done by unqualified or poorly qualified people, who then ask you to explain them the meaning of your sentences, because they have no sustainable knowledge on the topics they should review. This was again a recent personal experience at SPRINGER’s. Not that I consider all Indian or Pakistani book and journal reviewers stupid. It is the way how they are reducing costs, as they probably fired most of their US and European reviewers during the 64% profit increase in one year. That is why I do not consider lnu as criminals rather as Robin Hoods. Stop calling them pirates. Stick to the robinhoods!

  22. A few more informations as to the methods employed to bring the site down and what the charges against the owners will be:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/librarynu-book-downloading-injunction_n_1280383.html

  23. WE NEED TO ORGANIZE A MASSIVE REPLY TO THIS! :[]

  24. Guest1111111

    Library.nu was the third most important site on the web after google and wikipedia! For a nice article on why it should continue its operation and how it can be done read this:
    http://e-library-free.blogspot.com/

    • Reading that your name is “Guest1111111”, I thought you are a spammer or that you are putting a link to a very badly written article…

      But having read some of what you wrote, I wonder why you did not mention your real name?

      Because of how good your article is, I will not delete your comment. I don’t respect people who post comments with silly names! Even if they are not real!

  25. Guest11111, excellent article. Thanks.

  26. This is another kind of piracy. Piracy of the human right to access information they need. What the difference between Books.google with Library.nu?

  27. Let me spell it out for you. We are a nation of laws. We are also a charitable nation. If you want our goods and our words within the scope of our foreign aid, ask for it. But as a foreign national, you have no say in our laws. If you are lucky, you have a say over your own goods and words, under your own laws, in your own country, in your own language. Then make and share your own goods and words, under your own laws, or change them to suit. In the meantime, if you break our laws, in our jurisdiction, we will prosecute you to their fullest extent.

    Got it?

    • Quousque tandem

      They don’t want your charity. They want access to knowledge in order to work and create themselves. They are getting it, too.

      In fact, right this second some university teacher whose income is 200 bucks a month – because her ancestors happened to stay in Podunka, Ukraine instead of emigrating to Podunk, USA – is downloading an “unauthorised” copy of a book (the rights to which its author, her colleague from a “nation of laws,” signed over to the academic publisher for 0$) from another website, and will share it with her entire class. And there’s not a thing you can do about it nor ever will be able to.

  28. Dear Michael Zeleny, I’d be curious, how exactely did this legal action happen under *your* jurisdiction (and with “your jurisdiction”, I assume of course you mean U.S. jurisdiction), considering both the methods employed (the injunctions had to be obtained from a court in Munich, Germany, the filehost itself was situated in Ireland), the nationalities and locations of both the targeted as well as the sueing parties (read: international book industry, coordinated by the German association of booksellers), not to mention the fact that about half of the books offered were internationally published, in various languages and from various countries, uploaded by users coming from different countries?

  29. I am using a rare form of first person plural pronoun referring, mutatis mutandis, to all constitutional democracies. For the record, I support free, non-commercial exchange of scientific information. But we need no extraterritorial intervention by foreign nationals in sorting out our legal issues.

    • What ARE you even talking about? The closing of L.nu was not an U.S. legal issue. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the American justice system. It was not brought down by U.S. laws or by U.S. lawyers. Neither the plattform, nor the accusers (apart from one or two publishers which acted as part of a international alliance, NOT as U.S. nationals), nor the laws involved, nor the acting courts have anything to do with your “charitable nation”, “your goods”, or your fantastic “foreign aid” (and btw, this roundabout description and the patronizing arrogance behind it, makes it pretty easy to identify the nation in question.).This entire issue is not concerned with U.S. rights or laws. It was not carried out by the laws of your country. This litigation happened under the auspices of MY COUNTRY. It concerned goods, words, laws and persons from other countries and other languages, and as a national of one of these countries, I have – according to your previous post – every right to complain about it as I see fit, as well as strive to change said law, which I do, and while I am doing so, I would thank you nicely not to adress me as a “foreign national”. You are sort of in the wrong thread of discussion, apparently.

    • Wow. You’re a terrible person. Teasing the less fortunate. “Nations deserve the governments they get.” So, It’s the oppressed fault that their being oppressed? I’m willing to bet your gun loving blue blood idiot who’s never had any real suffering in his life. You’re probably a lawyer or a business man who makes much more money than you deserve. Where is your compassion? Where is your soul?

      • I was born in a country that eradicated its blue blood, and of its very opposite. I know first hand the abominable alternatives to rule of law. I support lawful and principled ways of sharing free information, for the same reason that I oppose the claims of those who seek special exemptions from law for their soulful compassionate selves.

  30. Actually, it was an international legal action, coordinated among three sovereign nations and involving all their relevant laws and treaties. Any enfranchised citizen of Germany, Great Britain, and the United States has a legitimate say in this matter. Everything else is but sound and fury.

    • As one of these enfranchised citizens, I am then hereby exercising my right to a legitimate say in this matter. Thanks for granting me this much, seeing how you are such a charitable nation and all.

  31. Quousque tandem :
    They don’t want your charity. They want access to knowledge in order to work and create themselves. They are getting it, too.
    In fact, right this second some university teacher whose income is 200 bucks a month – because her ancestors happened to stay in Podunka, Ukraine instead of emigrating to Podunk, USA – is downloading an “unauthorised” copy of a book (the rights to which its author, her colleague from a “nation of laws,” signed over to the academic publisher for 0$) from another website, and will share it with her entire class. And there’s not a thing you can do about it nor ever will be able to.

    On the contrary, the tempest in this teapot serves to show that lots can be done, and is being done about international violators of property rights.

  32. aoibhel :
    As one of these enfranchised citizens, I am then hereby exercising my right to a legitimate say in this matter. Thanks for granting me this much, seeing how you are such a charitable nation and all.

    aoibhel :
    As one of these enfranchised citizens, I am then hereby exercising my right to a legitimate say in this matter. Thanks for granting me this much, seeing how you are such a charitable nation and all.

    I am not granting you anything beyond recognition of common sense. Every nation gets the government that it deserves. Mind your own government as you see fit.

    • You are quite nonsensical arent you? As aoibhel stated previously, she is “minding her own government”. And if you really “…support free, non-commercial exchange of scientific information” then what are you even agrunig about in this thread? By the way, your use of the expression ‘tempest in a teapot’ to refer to the closing of lnu is incorrect.

  33. At last! Here is a similar collection of books:
    http://en.bookfi.org/

    Please use it wisely!

    • A bona fide non-profit repository of scientific texts would stand a good chance of immunizing itself from criminal prosecution for copyright infringement under the common law affirmative defense provisions of necessity. I would love to see a test case with a good defendant arguing along these lines. However, any business profiting from copyright violations would be unlikely to qualify in this regard.

  34. It’s sad to see library.nu / gigapedia going down. Big publishers are a bunch of hypocrites: they perfectly know that books with a 15-30-80-120 US dollar price tag are too costly for many, many people around the world.

    It’s a shameful lie that such people are committing theft when they download books which the COULDN’T buy anyway. Many university pepople in the poorer parts of the world cannot afford to buy expensive books published by Western publishing houses. It’s not a theft because it costs NOTHING for the publishers when somebody uses an independent server and downloads an electronic copy of a book.

    Shameful, sh*tful hypocrites, the whole bunch of Western Publishing houses. They know they lie, when they accuse poor pepople of theft.

    I wish there would be a massive attack on the by Anonymous. Or at least a massive e-mail campaign aganst them. Or something like that. Do you know of any public action to be taken against these morons that we could join to?

    • Amigae :
      It’s sad to see library.nu / gigapedia going down. Big publishers are a bunch of hypocrites: they perfectly know that books with a 15-30-80-120 US dollar price tag are too costly for many, many people around the world.
      It’s a shameful lie that such people are committing theft when they download books which the COULDN’T buy anyway. Many university pepople in the poorer parts of the world cannot afford to buy expensive books published by Western publishing houses. It’s not a theft because it costs NOTHING for the publishers when somebody uses an independent server and downloads an electronic copy of a book.
      Shameful, sh*tful hypocrites, the whole bunch of Western Publishing houses. They know they lie, when they accuse poor pepople of theft.
      I wish there would be a massive attack on the by Anonymous. Or at least a massive e-mail campaign aganst them. Or something like that. Do you know of any public action to be taken against these morons that we could join to?

      Theft is whatever the law defines as such. In your jurisdiction, copyright violations may well be hunky-dory. In Germany, Great Britain, and the United States they are treated as theft. As a basic consequence of constitutional democracy, foreign nationals have no say in this treatment. Nor do poor people of the world enjoy any special rights against their citizens and corporations. My advice to them is to get over the sense of entitlement and start taking care of themselves.

      On the other hand, science and culture work best with a free flow of information. I advocate and support the distribution of all scientific communications under the terms of appropriate variants of Creative Commons licenses. Furthermore, price discrimination makes both moral and economic sense, as witness drug companies setting different prices in international markets. Many academic and commercial publishers do likewise. Others will follow in due course. Copyright violators on the order of library.nu will have a positive impact on this evolution in the long run. But that does not make businessmen who violate copyright for profit immune from censure and prosecution. All risk comes at a price. If you make a living from pissing off capitalists, it makes no sense to whine when they strike back under their own rules.

      • i’m quite amazed by your reply.

        “Furthermore, price discrimination makes both moral and economic sense, as witness drug companies setting different prices in international markets. Many academic and commercial publishers do likewise. Others will follow in due course.”

        Do you really see any sign of this? I do not. It’s the same with whatever happens to be produced by rich Western firms: movies, video games, cars, cloths, etc.
        Problem is, there is a big difference between copies of material goods and immaterial ones. To produce a copy of a car, it really takes a lot of work and investment. If somebody steals it, you suffer financially.
        In the case of books, once they are produced in electronic copies, they become immaterial goods: it costs nothing to copy them, thus taking an e-copy doesn’t hurt the publisher financially – AS LONG AS whoever “steals” they copy wouldn’t be able to buy the book for the price set.
        This is a well-known argument, no publishing house ever tried to refute it.

        And pointing to law systems (“theft is whatever the law defines as such”) equals to pointing to stupid and – we all know it – highly corrupt systems of legal code made and shaped by politicians who need campaign money and are paid by companies like film studios, publishing houses (and oil companies and big industry in general). In some respects, western and non-western law is hypocrite to the bone. I guess you know that.

        “Copyright violators on the order of library.nu will have a positive impact on this evolution in the long run. But that does not make businessmen who violate copyright for profit immune from censure and prosecution. If you make a living from pissing off capitalists, it makes no sense to whine when they strike back under their own rules.”

        you do get the point, my point anyway. Most of the users of library.nu / gigagpedia were people who needed academic books for their research but do not have a salary matching Western book prices.

        Your phrase “it makes no sense to whine” is really provoking when seen in this light. I regret to say it’s actually a piece of smug demagogy. Gigapedia users didn’t give a shit about whether they were making the admins of the collection rich or poor. If teh admins made some money on the side, that’s OK. If they made a lot – who cares! Seemingly, they invested a lot into making information free and available to those, again, who COULDN’T otherwise afford to get it.

        I hope you are not paid by some nice Western company to make irrelevant points here, are you?

        • “you do get the point, my point anyway.”

          a “not” is missing… the phrase correctly:

          “you do NOT get the point, my point anyway.”

        • Amigae :
          i’m quite amazed by your reply.
          […]
          I hope you are not paid by some nice Western company to make irrelevant points here, are you?

          Who pays whom is no more germane to the merits of our argument, than who takes whose property without its owner’s consent. My personal history with intellectual property is adequately attested online, and you are welcome to research it on your own. At issue here is your proposed moral equivalency between all existing legal systems. To the contrary, I believe that (say) present-day legislation in the Federal Republic of Germany is far more democratically responsive to its constituents than (say) that of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. That is to say, in Germany there is an effective mechanism that amends the law within constitutional bounds to reflect the will of the majority of German electorate, which finds no proper counterpart in Jordan. My point is that my fellow citizens of constitutional democracies have a stake in keeping them this way. And doing so depends on abiding by our laws, to the extent that they conform to our Constitution; in particular, insofar as it makes a provision for the institution and enforcement of copyright.

          As I pointed out above, a bona fide non-profit repository of scientific texts would stand a good chance of immunizing itself from criminal prosecution for copyright infringement under the common law affirmative defense provisions of necessity. I would love to see a test case with a good defendant arguing along these lines. However, any business profiting from copyright violations would be unlikely to qualify as a good defendant in a case of this sort. That is why your fellow copyright infringers should care deeply about enriching their lawbreaking enablers.

  35. and I agree with whoever said it above that IF big publishing houses would sell the e-version of their books for a price reasonable in the developing world (1-3 US dollars per book), many of us COULD BUY it. But not for a price which is a substantial part of our salaries!
    Bastards.

  36. Very sad about the death of Library.nu.May we share books among each others.Please endorsed our name, subject wise so that we can re-frame the substitute of Library.Nu. and send books to others as per request through e-mail. Please open a site where only the name of the mail id owner and his/her specialization in the particular subject/subject will be encrypted.

  37. I live in a poor country of Asia, here purchasing the pricy books of the Publisher Association is impossible. Many of the students who could never dream of learning from the latest sources of information were using library.nu and such other sources. The world would become more polarized as the struggling students who stand for a ray of hope in the dark poor world to change and bring hope to the lives of their fellow men in medicine, agriculture, science, teaching and enlightenment, are debarred, systematically from learning. What will these students do? How will the self learners change? A single book costs more than half a year salary , so will we starve to death and fill up the coffers of rich people who thing it a great sin for the people to know. Internet has brought revolution in the exchange of learning and information. It has broken down the monopolies and soon we will find the monopoly of the publisher break down, I don’t know how but soon they will realize that it is wikipedia and such sources that are free are influential and successful rather than the amazons and such other sources where you sell yourself to buy a book.

  38. Pradip Debnath

    library.nu was like magic. I believe it will bounce back some way or other. It has given all of us so much that can’t be described in words. Our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who were associated with the site. Publishing industry was not actually suffering in the hands of this site, but to the contrary, it was getting better.

  39. library.nu gave us a lot. but mourning does not help us to find any way . can’t we find any way to serve the poor students from 3rd world like library.nu and avoiding legal problem? when i buy a book the book is mine and i can do any thing with it. any way i have many books plz. suggest.

  40. for those interested, some former library.nu have collaborative to rebuild, contact at spaceranger.edwards@gmail.com

  41. Well ….. First i am very sad , i am a student from India and i heavily relied on Library.nu for expensive books
    and as the economic condition is becoming bad day by day buying books from abroad is real expensive . Let me give you a idea , 1$ (US) = More than 50 INR
    So If a Book Costs 40 $ =2000 INR
    I Pay College Fees 1000 INR and My Internet Connection Costs Monthly 900 INR
    Just to Make you guys understand that how expensive it is to buy a single book from abroad or amazon .And College Studies require More than 1 Book So Lets Say a Modest 10 Books Per Semester = 10 * 2000 = 20000 INR . Its a loti n terms of my Economy

    So I Wanted to Do Something , I want to Make a Site Like Lnu , I am currently Gathering Resources , I want to create a Online Library Containing Many Books .when i am ready I will post the Link here , Hope you guys will support me in Filling it with Books !

    Reading books without others permission is PIRACY !!
    and i thought Takeing Things in the Online World Without others permission is ….

    SO from Now on Our Motto:
    “May the ebooks be free”

  42. mohammad sadeghi

    hello,
    don’t you think that, if library.nu had many mirror site like wikileaks, nobody would be able to shot it down?

    yours
    mohammad sadeghi

  43. Joseph Louis Borges

    It is obvious that the Munich court has been accepting brives from the publishers monopolies. Let’s shear the knowledge. The people united will never be defeated!

  44. I have been waiting for library.nu but still not open, I request to court please open the doors of knowledge. Person who started this site is the great guy will always remember in the deep mind of people who took or will take knowledge from this site.
    “Share Knowledge will never decrease your knowledge.”

    Please let know whenever the site will open.

    WAITING FOR YOU. (LIBRARY.NU)

  45. Hi can any one tell me some links to download ebooks.
    Thanks !!!

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