Proving once again that some folks just can't learn from other people's mistakes, German book publishers have just announced that they plan to sue thousands of file sharers for copyright infringement. Spiegel.de is reporting that Alexander Skipis, head of the German book publishers' association, used the Leipzig book fair to announce a lawsuit campaign similar to that waged by the music industry.

Skipis told the audience of his opening speech that his group intends to keep German courts busy with thousands of lawsuits. He also called P2P file sharing "organized crime" and lamented that politicians were ignoring the impact illegal downloads were having on book publishers.

The details of the publishers' legal campaign are still unknown. Germany has previously seen hundreds of thousands of lawsuits against music and video file sharers. The sheer number of these lawsuits has overwhelmed many courts to a point where some prosecutors have started to completely ignore any P2P-related complaints. A recent revision of Germany's copyright law was also meant to curb mass lawsuit campaigns, but it's still unclear whether it has had any effect on the number of lawsuits filed.

Skipis meanwhile echoed music industry representatives in demanding that ISPs should help to curb file sharing by forwarding warning letters and cut off repeat infringers - a controversial strategy that's also known as three strikes. Unfortunately for German publishers, there's no chance that this will become law in Germany anytime soon. The country's Secretary of Justice Brigitte Zypries recently called three strikes "a completely unreasonable punishment."

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