Ebooks and book snatching are a very popular form of piracy. Though file sharing has been with us a long time, book stealing, or book sharing, is relatively new. Between 2003 and 2004, the number of works online grew to over three billion items; and since then it has only been growing. In recent years, the number of works online has surpassed the number of books available in libraries. Most of these items are digital files. So, what is a digital file?
In 2004 an FBI agent stated in a speech “You could say they [e-books] are as big a problem as cocaine is.” For a long time, ebooks were illegal for much the same reason that physical books were prohibited. This changed when the FBI dropped the charges against John Hunt and 99 other “book snatchers” who were arrested back in 2003. The charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. They were organizationally wrong, as the FBI didn’t have enough evidence to arrest them. They also used outdated copyright law and civil liberties. The illegalities of the situation came to light in 2009 when the United States Court of Appeals called out the U.S. d2c66b5586