J.K. Rowling, Ken Follet attack Scribd for pirated content


J.K. Rowling and Ken Follet are involved in a legal battle against literary pirates, The Times reported on Monday.

Publishers and agents representing the best-selling authors are now trying to get the free copies of their novels removed from Scribd–a document sharing website dubbed as “YouTube for books.”

The California-based company claims to have more than 55 million visitors a month, with more than 50,000 new documents uploaded by users daily.

Neil Blair, Rowling’s lawyer, said that Scribd did not have permission “and what you have identified are infringing listings which we were aware of and actioning”, the newspaper was told.

Ken Follett’s publisher, Macmillan, said it was unaware that “World without End” had been uploaded on to the Scribd website for more than five months, and had been read more than 500 times there. Macmillan said it was “now looking into this”.

But according to the Scribd blog, there is no battle going on between Rowling and the site, and that The Times’ article is “inaccurate and misleading.”

Click here to read Scribd’s response entitled “What Ever Happened To Fact Checking?”