TGANews - April, 4 2001
Thousands of illegal copies of Spyridon's biography sold in US
illegal printing and circulation of the authorized biography of Spyridon,
former Archbishop of America, written by Justine Frangouli ("I
Monaxia Enos Asymvivastou" - "The Lonely Path of Integrity")
and published by the well known Greek publishing house, "Exandas",
in December 2000 are acquiring scandalous proportions in the Greek American
of the book, first in sales among Greek publications in the US, have alledged
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. Stefania and Harry Nikolaou recently purchased 100 copies of
"I Monaxia Enos Asymvivastou" and were shocked
when they opened the boxes and found that they had purchased pirated copies,
a fact they reported to the Greek publisher and the NY District Attorney.
US purchasers of the book who fell victim to these pirated copies have
made similar reports Exandas Publishers. They have urged Exandas publisher
Magda Kotzia to make an official denouncement of this fact 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 text of her denouncement is
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.
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.
also denounces said pirated copy for the low quality of its duplication,
which is an insult to its aesthetic value and the quality of our publications
generally, as well as to the readers themselves.
we call upon all readers who have fallen victim to this fraud to return
the pirated copies to Sam Chekwas or any other source of their purchase,
and demand the immediate return of their money.
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".
It should be noted that this fraud has acquired dimensions of a dangerous
phenomenon, not only because thousands of illegal books have been sold,
but also because Sam Chekwas, the main trader of said pirated copies, is
presented as a promoter of Greek Letters in the United States. Said individual
has a record of debts to a large American Publishing House, and charges
of theft of intellectual property are otherwise pending against him.