Two Russian Nationals Charged with Running Massive E-Book Piracy Website | USAO-EDNY

Kenneth Palmer

Before these days, in federal court in Brooklyn, an indictment and a grievance have been unsealed charging Russian nationals Anton Napolsky and Valeriia Ermakova with felony copyright infringement, wire fraud and revenue laundering for functioning Z-Library, an online e-e-book piracy website.  The pair was arrested on November 3, 2022 in Cordoba, Argentina at the ask for of the United States.  At the exact same time, Z-Library’s community of on the web domains was also taken offline and seized by the U.S. govt, pursuant to a courtroom purchase that was also unsealed these days.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Japanese District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Cost, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Subject Workplace (FBI), introduced the arrests and rates.

“As alleged, the defendants profited illegally off get the job done they stole, usually uploading works within just mere hours of publication, and in the procedure victimized authors, publishers and booksellers,” mentioned United States Lawyer Peace. “This Workplace is dedicated to preserving the mental assets legal rights that enable resourceful and creative expression, and holding people accountable for threatening all those rights.”

“The defendants are alleged to have operated a internet site for over a 10 years whose central objective was giving stolen intellectual assets, in violation of copyright legislation.  Mental property theft crimes deprive their victims of equally ingenuity and tough-acquired income. The FBI is identified to make sure all those inclined to steal and income from the creativity of others are stopped and manufactured to experience the outcomes in the felony justice technique,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Driscoll.

As alleged in the indictment and courtroom filings, Z-Library bills by itself as “the world’s premier library” and claims to supply far more than 11 million e-publications for obtain.  Z-Library, which has been lively given that somewhere around 2009, features e-ebook information in a wide variety of file formats, stripped of their copyright protections, and encourages buyers to add and obtain titles.  Many of the e-textbooks presented by Z-Library are shielded intellectual assets for which authors maintain copyrights and publishers hold unique distribution rights, and which Z-Library has no proper or license to distribute, and which are out there somewhere else only with anti-circumvention measures used. As this sort of, a central intent of Z-Library is to enable end users to download copyrighted books for totally free in violation of U.S. legislation.   In addition to its homepage, Z-Library operates as a complex network of roughly 249 interrelated net domains.  As component of this motion, all those domains ended up taken offline and seized by the U.S. govt.

The costs in the indictment are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent except if and until eventually confirmed responsible.  

The government’s circumstance was initiated by the Office’s Cyber Criminal offense Task Pressure.  Assistant United States Lawyer Chand Edwards-Balfour, Alexander Mindlin, Antoinette N. Rangel and Kaitlin Farrell are prosecuting the case.  Brian Morris of the Office’s Asset Recovery Portion is dealing with forfeiture issues.

The Justice Department’s Business of Global Affairs and Pc Criminal offense and Mental Assets Portion, the FBI’s Lawful Attachés abroad and overseas authorities in several international locations provided crucial aid in this situation.  In particular, the Workplace extends its appreciation to the Argentine authorities for their help in the capture of Napolsky and Ermakova.

Several companies representing the victim authors and publishers also offered significant support in this circumstance.  The Place of work extends its certain appreciation to The Authors Guild in New York and The Publishers Association in London for their support.  The Business also extends its appreciation to the Nationwide Cyber-Forensics & Teaching Alliance for its guidance in the area takedown.     

The Defendants:

ANTON NAPOLSKY
Age:  33
St. Petersburg, Russia

VALERIIA ERMAKOVA
Age:  27
St. Petersburg, Russia

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 22-CR-525 (NM)

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