We need to talk about Scribd.
Since the launch of their ebook subscription service in October 2013, Scribd has been under close scrutiny, in part due to the copyright infringement lawsuit launched against them in 2009. They have been repeatedly accused of profiting from hosting unauthorized content, but in an effort to eliminate illegal uploads, they have developed BookID.
BookID is a new software that uses a master text file to create a digital fingerprint, which is then used to automatically scan and remove all other material with a similar fingerprint in order to diminish unauthorized content. This blog will explore some of the most pertinent implications of and reactions to this new software, the latest step in a larger fight against ebook piracy.