The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) recently reported that magazine publishers need to be aware of a website, Mygazines.com, which is infringing a number of UK based magazines’ intellectual property rights.
Dubbed ‘Magster’, Mygazines.com encourages users to upload scanned copies of magazines – without the permission of a large proportion, if not all of the magazine publishers, and then makes them freely available to view online. In addition to uploading, Mygazines.com allows users to browse, share, archive and customise magazines free of charge.
Publishers are encouraged to check that their content has not been uploaded without authorisation. Should you find that your content appears on Mygazines.com – and you wish to have it removed – the most prudent course of action is to issue a cease and desist letter (also known as notice and takedown). To view the site please click here (http://www6.mygazines.com/) to check your content is not being used without your authorisation.