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#1 Mark Friedlander

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 10:36 PM

Having an ego as huge as all of outdoors, I like to Google my books now and then. Tonight, I found an offer to download The Kewpie Killer at http://katiebipbpal....ie-killer-book/

 

I've never selected this site as one of my distribution channels.

 

At the bottom of the web page, I found a contact address for reporting copyright violations. I filled out a report and sent it on. It will interesting to see what happens next.

 

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 11:35 PM

Good luck. 



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:26 AM

It might behoove you to set up a Google Alert with your pseudonym and the names of your books. Whenever a Google webcrawler stumbles across even a mention of either one, it will email you about it.



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 07:13 AM

Welcome to the world of pirating. Sigh.  A google alert is a good idea but mine certainly doesn't catch everything. When I find a pirated dowload available I report it to my publisher who has "people for that" and my sense is they find many more instances than I do.  Grrrrr.


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Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:11 AM

I'm pleased to report that this morning when I checked that link, The Kewpie Killer was no longer there available for download.

 

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:53 PM

Sadly, other than serving them with a cease and desist letter, there is not a whole heckuva lot you can do. Unless you have an attorney on retainer to handle stuff like that. But lawsuits of this nature rarely return a big enough financial settlement to offset the costs of bringing the suit. 

 

This is certainly an interesting topic though. 


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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:06 PM

Chat with Jean and Cali. They've both had experience.



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:40 PM

It appears someone using the name Katie Bipbpal created a site that offered many different books. You can see a list of some at Google.

 

The hosting web site inube.com states they do business in Turkey. I'm not familiar with Turkish law so I didn't have high hopes for their cooperation. They allow "members" to create blogs and web sites for whatever purpose that fits within their guidelines. Their rules forbid copyright infringement so I decided to contact them.

 

I was pleasantly surprised to see that they removed the offending individuals entire web site. Not only that, but they acted quickly without requiring any further contact with me.

 

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 01:02 AM

I like the underlying message here, Mark.  Someone who didn't have to did the right thing.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 07:58 PM

Be happy it was Turkey and not China !! But like Tom said, nice to see someone doing the right thing for a change.


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:28 AM

Be happy it was Turkey and not China !! But like Tom said, nice to see someone doing the right thing for a change.

 

Today, it's India. http://blogs.rediff....ie-killer-book/

 

I emailed their "Grievance Officer". Hopefully, they'll pull the page.

 

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 05:57 PM

Please excuse my technological ignorance. So … do these people somehow fool amazon (or whatever), bypass the payment feature, and obtain an illicit, free copy? Or does this only happen to authors who have offered free downloads of their books in the past for promotional purposes?


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:34 PM

In my case, someone paid 99¢ or $2.99 (depending when they acquired the file) for my DRM free book at Amazon and then provided it free from their web site. Don't think DRM will protect you, two free python programs easily strip off the DRM protection. I'm not sure what advantage they get from offering my book for free unless they're selling advertising on their website.

 

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:39 PM

In my case, someone paid 99¢ or $2.99 (depending when they acquired the file) for my DRM free book at Amazon and then provided it free from their web site. Don't think DRM will protect you, two free python programs easily strip off the DRM protection. I'm not sure what advantage they get from offering my book for free unless they're selling advertising on their website.

 

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How very odd that someone would buy--and then steal. Weird.


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:16 PM

If they bought it then put it up on their website for free then they were probably using the free download as a means to carry spywear.


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