I received a notification today from Academia.edu of a recently-uploaded "paper" that was similar to one I previously downloaded. On clicking through, the "paper" turned out to be a PDF of a pirated textbook. (Just to be clear: the account that posted the PDF was not the author.) Is there a way to report this? The info at http://support.academia.edu/customer/en/portal/articles/1734342-reporting-a-fake-offensive-or-spam-profile explains how to report a "Fake, Offensive, or Spam profile", but that doesn't seem to exactly describe this situation.

I know Academia.org is a problematic site in many ways, but this is the first time I've seen it cross into LibGen territory.

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    You will have to check their website and perhaps use some contact info. We are not linked to them... You could also inform the publisher of the book - they may be very interested... and prepared to take action...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 14:14
  • @SolarMike Oh, I know this site and that one have no connection. But there is probably some overlap in userbase.
    – mweiss
    Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 14:49
  • Only by a blinkered few...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 15:43

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I would contact the textbook publisher. As noted by Solar Mike in a comment, they would care about the problem and have time and resources to do something about it. Part of the publisher's job is to protect their work.


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