Author Sues Distributors for Sale of Unauthorized Copies of Books
Larry Townsend, a famous GLBT author of The Leatherman’s Handbook and its sequel, The Leatherman’s Handbook II, has sued a number of booksellers for infringing on his copyright by selling copies of his books. Townsend had originally been self publishing and self distributing until he made an agreement with Nazca Plains for distribution. Townsend and Nazca Plains got into a dispute over unpaid fees and have decided to sue the bookstores for the illegal profits.
I’m guessing that Nazca Plains might not be a deep enough pocket for Townsend. It’s certainly an interesting copyright question. As Townsend’s lawyer notes, the copyright law is an intentless one meaning that the booksellers don’t have to know that they are engaging in infringement in order to be infringers.