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A Sacramento man committed textbook case of selling fakes, publishers claim

FILE -- Stacks of literature books fill a warehouse shelf at the Sacramento Surplus Book Room in Sacramento on Wednesday May 9, 2007.
FILE -- Stacks of literature books fill a warehouse shelf at the Sacramento Surplus Book Room in Sacramento on Wednesday May 9, 2007. Sacramento Bee File Photo

Three publishing giants are suing a Sacramento man for allegedly selling counterfeit copies of their textbooks online.

A lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento by McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, Pearson Education and Cengage Learning on Aug. 17 says Yaroslav Stolyarchuk, 38, infringed on their copyrights and trademarks by selling counterfeit books through his website, www.booksliquidation.com.

At least 39 titles such as “Writing with Style,” “Writing and Reporting the News” and “We the People: an Introduction to American Government” were sold by Stolyarchuk on his website and on various internet marketplaces, including eBay, according to the allegations.

“Defendant falsely represents that the items he sells are authorized and genuine,” the complaint alleges.

A search of court records showed no criminal charges had been filed against Stolyarchuk as of Monday. Stolyarchuk did not return calls and emails asking for comment.

The textbooks’ real publishers purchased illegal copies from Stolyarchuk’s website, and obtained other copies from third-party wholesalers that suspected they were counterfeit, the suit says.

Stolyarchuk should have known the textbooks’ suppliers weren’t authorized to reproduce the books, which are inferior in quality to the products sold by the publishers, the complaint says.

The publishers have asked the court to order Stolyarchuk to stop selling the textbooks and to pay up to $2 million for each copyright or trademark he infringed.

Diana Lambert: 916-321-1090, @dianalambert

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