Posted on August 8, 2018 at 1:06 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Last week, big-name publishers were successful in having a pirated-book site shut down.

But the current Internet outrage hasn’t been over the fact that so many authors were robbed — it’s that they asked their publishers to stick up for them in the first place.

Users of the website OceanofPDF, which had offered thousands of free downloads, have called authors elitist, pretentious, classist, and more on social media and in emails, according to The Guardian.

OceanofPDF had stated that its goal was to make information accessible worldwide and that it “wanted to make books available to people in ‘many developing countries where … they are literally out of reach to many people.’”

Read more about authors’ responses to finding the piracy and to the critics of their fight on The Guardian.

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