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Over the months I've received news of the occasional blog post and tweets, but more recently I popped open an alert to learn that my book was being pirated--both as a separate file and part of two larger Torrents called 2,500 Retail Quality Ebooks (iPod, iPad, Nook, Sony Reader) and 2,500 Retail Quality Ebooks for Kindle (MOBI).
I had the strange reaction of being both dismayed and weirdly honored that someone had selected my book to strip free of its copy-protection (DRM) and include as part of a collection of "quality" e-books, many of which were from very good authors.
Most people don't understand the huge expense the publisher fronts to put a book together and get it on shelves.
Those that wouldn't buy it in the first place most likely never will so nothing is actually lost to those people except they now possess something that doesn't rightfully belong to them.
Says the guy who spends most of his waking life trying to stop people from scraping his site.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 10:46 pm (utc) on Feb 21, 2011]
Intent to profit doesn't justify theft. If I steal your car and drive it for a week or two but don't profit from it, now it's not a crime? That's OK with you?
Likewise, If the pirated books were actually being sold, opposed to given away freely, then there would be an obvious loss of revenue to consider.
Bill you just keep babbling on. Give it a rest. Wheel's right.
people always make the same tired argument that whomever would take your content for free wouldn't pay for it. I beg to differ.
Honest people will always buy things honestly and the rest (pirates, thieves, etc.) are hardly in the product marketing plan in the first place. Ever meet anyone that makes a good living running around looking for a place to steal a book or a movie?
I beg to differ as well. I've known people living on the fringe. They download pirate stuff because it's either buy a book, movie, music or buy food. You do the math. They will never create revenue for the author.
Yeah, library, right. FYI, you don't get to keep those books, just borrow them.
My point about the library wasn't that the books had to be returned, it was they get read freely without additional contribution to the author, might as well be pirated for an intents and purposes.
t's kind of funny to see people talking about this, and I wonder how many are actually serious authors or publishers. I'm both. My books have sold over 500,000 copies in print. And yes, they have been pirated in ebook formats, and if I search I'll find them via the usual suspect repositories.
No one apart from a few people with money at stake think that copyright infringement is theft.