Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Damned Pirates?!?

I love Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner. Those are some super sexy pirates who can steal me away into their lair anytime. I doN'T love ebook pirates like the people who wrote this "policy" below. Ebook piracy affects all of you who are authors and hopeful authors. They adversely affect you as readers, too. How? If this happens enough, writers may give up writing and go into other lines of work. Your favorite author may be one of them. Publishers may very likely have to increase prices to cover the legal costs of combating pirates, etc. Why should any one work for free? Slavery was outlawed years ago and deemed unethical and unlawful. Robbery's also illegal. If someone were to come into your home and steal your television and all your electronics, you'd be upset and think the robber to be the lowest form of pond scum. You'd a police report and possibly other legal action. Copyright infringement is also stealing. Since when do the robbers have the legal or moral right to say they'll return stolen goods at their discretion? When caught, that is. The complaints and abuse policy by the company in question, is below in red. To me, it looks as if they get to decide whether or not to take down copyrighted material they don't own. They've got BIG, IRON balls. Legally, I think my attorneys and the legal system really has the final authority. At least I hope so. What do you think? For complaints or abuse by (blank).com customers.

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We reserve the right to ignore your complaint, if you provide us with insufficient information. Ugh!!! The last line "We reserve the right to ignore your complaint" is what galls me! I've reported them to my publishers involved and my publisher confirmed this is definitely a pirate site. I just sent a cease and desist order to the pirate site and a formal notice to my publisher. If they persist, I will have my attorney from the day job pursue them and he is very very good, and this is not a threat but a promise. The pirates don't have to worry that I will not have the money to pursue them as legal representation is one of my free perks. I just found this comment that really sickens me by someone who obviously knows this is an illegal act. "Unfortunately, nowhere is safe as long as the author can sniff you out. What worries me most is how easy this website comes up during Google search. Just type the title of the book, for example." Thanks you very much Google Alerts for leading me to these pirates.
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Linda Kage said...

I wonder if these internet pirates realize they're putting their favorite authors out of business by stealing their work and in effect their sales. If the publishers see a decline in a writer's sales, they'll drop that author and then we won't get to read their work anymore. Seems like everyone loses to me.

Unknown said...

It's a shame how we have to fight to keep our books out of the hands of pirates. Good luck, Ashley.

Regina Carlysle said...

The other day I stumbled across a message board on one of these pirate sites. Someone was asking for a copy of my newest, Ringo's Ride. Someone kindly supplied it and said...oh, btw, here's a copy of Lone Star Lycan too.

I just about DIED!

Unknown said...

There are arseholes everywhere, regardless what business, and you have to deal with them. There is no easy method but check and report and move on. Getting knotted up over it doesn't help. Yeah, sure, I've been pirated. I do what I can and move on

Unknown said...

After I settled down I realized too that all businesses have theft and all we can do is deal with it as a part of business.

I still don't like it, but it's part and parcel of any business.

Like Regina, I saw that my newest book was just downloaded for free and also that one of my other recent releases was "requested".

I don't mind giving away some short stories for promo or the occasional prize, but it is annoying when people just take, potentially with no limit.

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