Daily Archives: 2023-09-15

“Most notorious” illegal shadow library sued by textbook publishers [Updated]

Source: Ars Technica

Article note: Fuck those rent-seeking middlemen, libgen has done more for human knowledge in the last 15 years that the whole rent-seeking textbook publishing industry.
“Most notorious” illegal shadow library sued by textbook publishers [Updated]

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Yesterday, some of the biggest textbook publishers sued Library Genesis, an illegal shadow library that publishers accused of "extensive violations of federal copyright law."

Publishers suing include Cengage Learning, Macmillan Learning, McGraw Hill, and Pearson Education. They claimed that Library Genesis (aka Libgen) is operated by unknown individuals based outside the United States, who know that the shadow library is "one of the largest, most notorious, and far-reaching infringement operations in the world" and intentionally violate copyright laws with "absolutely no legal justification for what they do."

According to publishers, Libgen offers free downloads for over 20,000 books that the publishers never authorized Libgen to distribute. They claimed that Libgen is "a massive piracy effort" and noted that their complaint may be updated if more infringed works are found. This vast infringement is causing publishers and authors serious financial and creative harm, publishers alleged.

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Understanding the Origins and the Evolution of Vi and Vim

Source: Hacker News

Article note: This is my favorite kind of history piece. ...And I'm still bewildered by the persistence of one of a series of throwaway addons to make ed less nasty and arcane, whose awkward design only makes sense in the context of painfully slow connections and particularly shitty early glass terminals.
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