RIP AAAARG.org/Fuck Verso

May 29, 2010


Never forget that “radical publisher” Verso books threatened legal action to prevent people from accessing PDFs of their copyrighted material, and as a result thousands of critical theory texts once aggregated on aaaarg are now much harder to find.

Never buy another Verso book. Find them on the next incarnation of aaaarg or just shoplift them. Heckle their PR gurus when they host lectures.

Show no respect for private property.

From: Rowan Wilson
To: “someone@aaaarg.org”
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 12:10:25 +0000
Subject: ATTENTION AAAARG.ORG ADMINISTRATOR

Attn AAAARG.ORG

Dear Sirs

It has come to our attention that you are hosting a website from which people can download illegally many of our copyrighted works:

We refer you to the url:

http://a.aaaarg.org/library/

The books listed on this url include many of our titles by Slavoj Zizek, Jacques Ranciere, Alain Badiou, etc.

Rights to these works have been reserved by the publishers, Verso. The publishers have registered copyright in many of the books found on your website, which represent also the result of considerable labour on the part of the authors.

The purpose of this letter is to advise you of our clients’ rights and to insist that you immediately disable or remove ALL LINKS from all websites associated with AAAARG.ORG or related sites on which the Works have been made available for download.

We request immediate receipt of your organization’s intention to comply with these demands, and your confirmation in writing that appropriate action as detailed above has been effected no later then SEVEN (7) days from the date of this letter. Please be advised that if you do not immediately cease and desist, we will seek all appropriate legal remedies, without prior notification.

We look forward to your immediate response and cooperation.

Sincerely

——————————————–

Rowan Wilson
Sales and Marketing Director
Verso
6 Meard Street
London W1F 0EG
Phone: +44 (0)20 7437 3546
Fax: +44 (0)20 7734 0059
email: rowan@verso.co.uk
http://www.versobooks.com

http://versouk.wordpress.com

http://twitter.com/VersoBooksUK

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