April 19, 2019
Scribd’s subscribers have access to the largest library of digital content, which includes millions of books, audiobooks, magazine and newspaper articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as original and public domain content uploaded by community of over 100 million users from 194 countries.
We believe in everyone’s right to share their stories, and our publishing platform encourages the exchange of ideas through user-contributed documents that range from study guides and dissertations to court cases and official government memos.
We take copyright infringement seriously and have a team dedicated to addressing any concerns. We also have policies and technologies that help us to provide protection, and we encourage our subscribers to help us by reporting any abuses.
As an additional layer of protection, Scribd developed an automated copyright protection system, called BookID, to combat copyright infringement on the platform. The system uses algorithms to compare reference samples of copyrighted works provided by publishers with materials uploaded by users. It is widely used by authors and publishers around the world to identify unauthorized use of their works online.
Yesterday upon its release, several individuals and organizations shared The Mueller Report with their communities using Scribd’s publishing platform. Later in the afternoon, a leading global publisher released the Report in book format, and our BookID system misidentified the content as copyright protected. As such, user uploaded copies were removed from our system.
Upon learning of the removal, the Scribd team immediately reinstated all user-uploaded versions of The Mueller Report, and it has been correctly earmarked as public domain so that automatic removals through BookID will cease.
We are thankful to our community members who alerted us to the system’s error, and we look forward to continuing to serve our communities of readers who use Scribd to share ideas with the world and publishers and authors who trust us to protect their copyrighted content.