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Book Publishers Emerge Victorious in a (Frivolous?) Fight Against Piracy

Back in October, the New York Times reported on how rapid digital growth in the publishing industry had prompted big book companies to begin waging the sorts of wars on piracy that have plagued the music industry since the late nineties. And now, in a court case that reminds us more than a little of the Napster wars, a German court has ruled in favor of six publishing companies that brought a suit against Rapidshare for allowing their servers to be a virtual swap meet for copyrighted works. We can hardly wait to see which author emerges as the publishing industry's Metallica. For what it's worth, our money's on the fake memoirist, James Frey. [Publisher's Weekly]