Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Textbook distributor v. price comparison service

The Follett Higher Education Group Inc., the largest distributor of textbooks to campus bookstores across the country, has filed a complaint against Ugenie, a website that offers "cheap college textbooks - ISBN search with price comparison" according to a story in the Wired blog.
The complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (case 1:07-cv-05943) and claims that Ugenie is violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (17 USC 1201 et seq.) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 USC 1030) by "systematically and surreptitiously" using a "bot" to "misappropriate... extremely valuable data" from Follett's computer network.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think they can't blame Ugenie or the student itself who were buying on this store. Who wouldn't want a cheap book, right? Why would you buy on campus bookstore if you can buy it on a more cheaper amount on another store