Mygazines is a site that could turn out to be too good to be true. It allows users to share magazine articles by uploading them to the site. This then allows for anyone to view those magazine articles free of charge. It is very easy, and possible, to read an entire magazine right on the site. The folks running Mygazines say that they, “take great pride in providing a platform for people and businesses to share articles and magazines in an interactive and fun format.”
If you thought for a moment that this doesn’t sound like it’s particularly legal, that’s because it’s not. They are encouraging their users to infringe on copyrights. There are all kinds of issues involved here and magazine companies like Time Warner, who publish Time Magazine, are looking into having the site shut down.
When you visit Mygazines.com, you can can view a drop-down list of all of the different topics that they cover. Essentially any popular magazine is available, plus some not-so-popular ones as well. Remember, it’s the users that provide the content so they may not have every article from every issue available on the site.
Despite the legal issues that surround the site, it may be hard for anyone to shut them down. CNET points out that the site is registered in Anguilla, down in the Caribbean, and that it is hosted in Sweden by PRQ. PRQ happens to be owned by the same crew that runs The Pirate Bay . Given this, we imagine Mygazines could potentially be around for a while.
Thanks for the tip Omar!