TAA Council Resolution on Textbook Counterfeiting

(Drafted June 27, 2017)  Whereas the Textbook & Academic Authors Association’s (TAA’s) mission is to support authors in the creation of top-quality educational and scholarly works that stimulate the love of learning and foster the pursuit of knowledge; and

Follett Adopts Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices of Major Educational Publishers

WESTCHESTER, IL (October 10, 2017) Follett Corporation, the leading operator of college stores, announced today that it has agreed to participate, with Barnes & Noble Education, MBS, Chegg and Ingram, in the adoption of the Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices (“Best Practices”) of publishers Cengage, McGraw-Hill Education, Elsevier, and Pearson. The Best Practices were developed by the four Publishers, which form the Educational Publishers Enforcement Group (“EPEG”). The Best Practices have now been endorsed by the largest textbook distributors in the country, and may be viewed as the industry standard in combating counterfeit textbooks.

Publishers Settle with Follett

October 10, 2017: Publishers Cengage, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill Education, and Pearson announced on Tuesday that Follett Corporation, including Valore, Inc., has adopted the Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices. In conjunction with adoption of the Best Practices, Cengage, McGraw-Hill, and Pearson have amicably settled the lawsuit that the Publishers filed against Follett and Valore earlier this year. The suit has been dismissed and the matter is fully resolved.

The Publishers worked cooperatively through EPEG to achieve agreement with Follett and Valore on the Best Practices and the settlement. EPEG was represented by Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP, and Follett and Valore were represented by Jenner & Block, LLP.

Large-Scale Campaign Launches Against Trafficking in Counterfeit Books on Online Marketplaces

August 18, 2017: Cengage, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill Education, and Pearson Education (the “Publishers”), acting through the Educational Publishers Enforcement Group (“EPEG”), launched a substantial, multi-faceted campaign to remove counterfeit textbooks from online marketplaces ahead of the upcoming back-to-school season. The campaign focuses on hundreds of sellers of counterfeit textbooks across multiple online marketplaces.

Barnes & Noble Education, Major Educational Content Providers, Commit to Fight Counterfeit Textbooks

July 31, 2017: Cengage, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill Education, and Pearson today announced an agreement with Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. to implement the industry’s Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices. The best practices were developed to assist publishers and distributors in combating counterfeits of print textbooks, a growing problem facing the industry.

Major Educational Content Providers Take Legal Action to Combat Distribution of Counterfeit Textbooks

June 21, 2017: Cengage, McGraw-Hill Education, and Pearson today filed a lawsuit against Follett, which includes Valore, a recently acquired subsidiary, for distributing counterfeit textbooks. This lawsuit comes only after the publishers’ months-long efforts to convince Follett to change their practices of purchasing and selling counterfeit textbooks. Once those efforts failed, the Publishers had no choice but to file suit in order to protect their rights.