German police searches 50 houses for ebook piracy

The German police has searched about 50 houses in a case against a webshop where pirated ebooks were sold. The website has been taken offline, together with a related weblog. Nobody has been arrested so far.

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In total about 45 to 50 houses were searched, according to the German newspaper Der Spiegel. Both sites, Ebookspender.me and the related blog Spiegelbest.me are offline since Wednesday. On Ebook Spender it was possible to have get access to more than 50,000 German illegal ebooks for a €5 (about $6) monthly subscription. The related blog was used to advertise the subscription site.

During the raid computers, phones, tablets, e-readers and hard drives were seized. One person was considered a suspect, but the police was not able to arrest him. According to the lawyer of a person whose house was searched, his client was only a subscriber who didn’t upload any ebook to the site.

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