In order to protect our authors' rights and interests, Springer proactively screens websites for illegal download links of Springer eBooks and subsequently requires hosts of such download sites to remove and delete the files or links in question.
This necessary action has become increasingly important with the growing number of eBooks within the Springer eBook collection. While we have not yet seen harmful effects of eBook piracy and file sharing on our eBook portfolio, these are nevertheless considered serious topics.
A concerted effort between the Springer eOperations and legal teams together with an external IT partner has put efficient methods in place to detect illegal download links of Springer eBooks. Automated searching by special algorithms as well as acting on tip-offs and information from Springer authors and editors are common measures to detect and remove illegal download files. We have been pleased to observe immediate positive results in the number of links that have been disabled.
As described below, a lot of these links turn out to be spam and only a small amount are “real” downloads.
The successful implementation of our anti-piracy strategies not only incorporates the latest technology, but also a workflow to immediately follow up on potential piracy cases reported by authors or editors.