ERA 5 - April 3, 2001
Spyridon's Biography on Sale Illegally
The illegal printing and marketing of The Lonely Path of Integrity,
written by Justine Frangouli, has been denounced by Exandas Publishers. The
book, an authorized biography of Archbishop Spyridon, former Primate of the
Greek Orthodox Church in America, was first published in December 2000.
Purchasers of the book have alleged that thousands of pirated copies are being
sold in various US cities, mainly by bookseller and publisher Sam Chekwas,
the owner of a bookstore in Astoria, New York.
Chekwas's illegal activities have been reported both to Exandas Pubblishers
and the District Attorney of New York by Stephania and Charis Nikolaou who
had bought 100 copies of The Lonely Path of Integrity a few days ago.
However, Exandas Publishers did not limit itself to this alone. Publisher Magda Kotzia has made a formal complaint to the Pan-Hellenic Federation
of Publishers-Booksellers, the Association of Athenian Publishers-Booksellers,
the Organization of Collegial Administration of Works of Word (OSDEL), the
Publishers' Association of Scientific Books, the Publishers' Association
of Books and the Book's National Center.
The denunciation stresses the following:
"Exandas Publishers denounces
the vast fraud, and the theft of intellectual ownership protected by international
laws. However, it refrains at present from taking any legal measures in its
effort not to compromise in any manner the prestige of the former Archbishop
of America, given that the matter pertains to his authorized biography. Exandas
denounces the fact that Sam Chekwas sells and resells pirated copies of the
book "I Monaxia Enos Asymvivastou" (The Lonely Path of Integrity)
in large quantities. This fact constitutes a danger for Greek literature,
given that the said publisher has remained the sole distributor and promoter
of Greek books in the United States, while he is also preparing a Greek book
fair with the participation of Greek publishers."
The denunciation concludes: "We also call upon Greek publishers to denounce
the act of Sam Chekwas through public communications in the Greek and American
Press and to take all proper measures in order to stop the illegal circulation
of pirated copies of our book in the United States."
[Translated from Greek]