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Three publishers sue free-textbook company

Boston start-up denies its business is built on copyright infringement

Boundless Learning Inc. says it will liberate college students from big textbook bills with free online versions built from public Web content.

But the Boston start-up is being accused of copyright infringement by three of the largest educational publishers in the world, who say it creates its texts by stealing from well-known textbooks. Boundless is “a business built on brazen infringement’’ that “misleads students, and has a corrosive effect on learning,’’ according to a lawsuit filed last month in US District Court in New York.

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