You Need To Know About Pirating of E-books – Part 1
So, there’s a big upside to being able to self-publish our writing in e-books, on our blogs and websites. It’s an unprecedented opportunity to publish, but we have to take note of the inevitable downside. Here are some things you need to know about pirating of e-books, blog posts and website articles.
The most important thing to know is – it WILL happen. It’s not IF, it’s WHEN. Yes, imitation is the oldest form of flattery, but that is not much comfort when your work is stolen. It’s just plain aggravating. And worst of all, many times there is really no way to contact the site owner and take them to task.
Donna Hernandez of Long Ridge Writers Group has this pirating story to tell:
“I decided to google my name and the title of my book to see if anyone was talking about it on their blog or somewhere else. I saw the title of my book on three different site so I went to see what they had to say. You can imagine my surprise when I saw they were giving my book away for free downloads. So I wrote a post on one of the sites asking the person who gave them permission to give my book away. Now I was really upset that they were just giving it away, not linking it to where it could be bought.”
Naturally, she checked into her options for rectifying the situation. She put together an easy summary of the copyright process at the link above, and she also interviewed an experienced author to get his take
on the piracy issue.