Category: book pirates

10 Most Pirated Films 2014; Rainbow Award Allegations; Guys Wearing Socks

10 Most Pirated Films 2014

In a way, it feels better for some reason to post about those who pirate films instead of books…for a change. This article talks about the 10 most pirated films of 2014. But what’s even more interesting is the comment thread where one brave man decided to challenge film piracy and the comments that follow remind me of a lot of e-book discussions I’ve heard.

The guy’s name is Ryan…it’s really not me. But I would have said basically what he said…

Out of curiosity, am I the only one who finds no excuse for pirating movies (or games, or music, etc.)? There isn’t a single credible argument in its favor, at least not that I can see. It honestly baffles me that people defend it. I get that it will happen no matter what, but there are just so many people who don’t even have the presence of mind to realize that it is, by definition, wrong. I just don’t get it.

It’s nice to see someone still has some moral compass left.

Rainbow Award Allegations

The post I’m linking to was written by an author I don’t know, but I did read basically the same thing in several other places so I know it’s accurate. Evidently, someone accused the Rainbow Awards of “fraud” and book blogger Elisa Rolle put up a detailed statement to disabuse people of any misconceptions/allegations floating around out there.

In part, it states:

The more than 150 volunteering judges are established readers, writers and reviewers in the LGBTQ Romance genre and therefore not completely unbiased, but every effort is made to select the books every judge is given so that affiliations with publishers, genres and categories (for writers) limits the chance of bias.

I’ve personally been a juror for the Rainbow Awards since its beginning and I can personally back this statement up on my small scale. I’ve also gone that extra proverbial mile and I’ve requested they don’t send me books to judge by authors I know, or publishers with which I’m affiliated. In other words, the eight books I judged this year were written by authors I’d never read before, never met anywhere before, and knew nothing about. I also read books outside of my genre. In addition to this, I don’t enter any of my books at all. So the books really are carefully selected to help keep things more objective. And it’s all in writing through e-mail exchanges in case anyone ever wants to challenge me. I learned to never assume anything a long time ago and I plan ahead, in writing, just in case.

The name of the person who made these allegations was not disclosed. At least I haven’t seen it anywhere.

You can read more here.

Guys Wearing Socks

This link is here just because it’s fun. There’s a photo of adorable men wearing nothing but socks, and they aren’t wearing the socks on their feet if you get my drift. I like it so much I left my own comment. And I have to find out how this blogger gets permission to post photos like this. Is there something I’m missing about copyright laws? Or does he/she just contact each person and ask for permission in writing. I’ve taken down all past images I wasn’t sure about…thousands…this past year for copyright infringement reasons. I don’t want to take any chances. But I’m starting to think some bloggers have figured ways around this. Maybe it has something to do with advertisers. I’ve been contacted by underwear companies and they’ve given me permission to use their photos.

You can get there from here.

My photo above is listed in the public domain and I found it here.

Interesting Discussion about E-book Piracy…

There’s an interesting discussion about e-book piracy over at the Dystel & Goderich blog, in a post written by Abby.

Those of you who follow me know that I’ve been posting and talking about this for a long time. I have not come to any conclusions about it and I’m not sure at this stage I ever will. I don’t advocate piracy because it’s against the law and I follow the law in every aspect of my life. But I have heard strong arguments from people who do pirate and in some cases I can understand their feelings.

I think this is going to be an ongoing topic for a while, especially as e-books begin to increase in popularity in the mainstream.

There is one thing I’m not so sure about, and that’s how e-book pirates feel about .99 e-books. Do they bother to pirate them or do they just ignore them? I really don’t have a clue. And if they do I’m not passing any judgments here and I encourage anonymous comments from now until forever on this comment thread.

In any event, Abby asks a few interesting questions.

The comment thread isn’t jammed, but has a few interesting POVs.

You can get there from here.

Are Book Pirates Following This Important News?

This is interesting. Below I’ve copied and pasted the basics from this link, verbatim. And there’s another link within this article that will lead you to a place where there is even more information. If you’ve ever pirated anything, you might want to check it out. If you’ve ever been pirated, you might want to check it out, too.

Basically, large Internet giants like Facebook and Google are protesting SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). They say it could lead to censorship. As an author who has experienced a great deal of piracy, I’ve learned a lot about this topic in the past three years. I’ve also refrained from forming any huge opinions as well. And I will continue to remain objective with regard to book pirates.

But I do have very strong opinions about censorship, especially if it involves online censorship. That’s something I can live without.

Google, Facebook, Amazon Planning Internet Blackout to Protest “Big Brother” SOPA Bill by Lauren Kelley

The debate over SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) has pitted Hollywood executives and the Republican-supported Chamber of Commerce against, well, basically everyone who enjoys the free and open Internet, with critics saying that the legislation could lead to widespread Internet censorship.

Among those critics are major websites like Facebook, Amazon, and Google, which are considering imposing an Internet “blackout” in protest of the bill. The Daily Mail reports:

The battle over the SOPA bill has seen leading web firms square off against Hollywood media companies in a trade-off between Internet freedom and intellectual property rights.

Now it could burst into the open as technology giants are planning to ‘censoring’ their own homepages, according to a leading Internet lobby group.

Sites such as Google, Amazon and Facebook could temporarily replace their usual homepage with a black screen and a message asking users to contact politicians and urge them to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act.

The move could come as early as January 24, when the bill is due to be debated in the House of Representatives.

One of the only major web companies to have supported SOPA is GoDaddy, which was shamed into reversing its support after throngs of customers (including heavy hitters like Wikipedia) moved their domain names elsewhere.

Read more about the background of the bill at the Daily Mail

Book Pirates, Matthew Delman, and Digital Rights Management

When I have more time, I’m going to expand on this post.

But right now I’d like to link to a fascinating web site I just found by a guy named Matthew Delman. It’s a wonderful web site, and even though I’ve only glanced at it, Mr. Delman looks like he knows what he’s doing.

You can get there from here, to read about book pirates and DRM. It looks like there’s a lot more to read as well.

I Wonder How Book Pirates Feel About .99 E-books

With all the .99 e-books out there, I couldn’t help wondering how people who pirate e-books feel about this.

I have, I think, two books on Amazon for .99. An Officer and His Gentleman and Pretty Man. I’m fine with it. No problem. But then I trust my publishers to price my books and I really don’t have any say in the matter.

This .99 e-book thing makes me wonder about book pirates. I know there are people in different countries who can’t buy and download books in different parts of the world, so they pirate. I’ve read their comments in a previous post I wrote and I can sympathize with them.

But not everyone pirates e-books because they can’t actually buy them. Studies show that most books are pirated right here in the US. I’ve also heard there are a lot of other reasons, mainly that readers aren’t sure about whether or not they’ll like a book and before they spend money they’d rather pirate the book first.

Well, you can’t get cheaper than .99 a book. I’m interested in buying Shirley Maclaine’s new non-fiction book and I’m not getting anywhere close to the .99 deal her publishers are charging for her book at 9.99. Seriously. .99 a book beats the price of a hot dog at the ballpark, a cup of coffee at the local bodega, and certainly a gallon of gasoline in these wonderful times of hope and change. Actually, there’s not much you can get for .99 anymore.

A Comment About Astatalk and Other File Sharing Sites

Evidently, there’s been quite an uproar over what Astatalk did last week regarding fiction. I’ve read about it in a few places and a good friend who is a literary agent sent me an e-mail about it last Thursday.

Over the past year or so, I’ve taken a step back with regard to all things related to book pirates, file sharing, and even Astatalk. I’ve even written updates to previous posts, stating that I’m more interested now in learning why people pirate books (or anything), and that I’d like to continue to learn by encouraging their anonymous comments and protecting their privacy. There’s been an interesting, ongoing discussion on this particular post I wrote a while ago.

And just so everyone knows this for certain, don’t blame me if Astatalk won’t let you download fiction anymore. I haven’t filed an abuse form, made a single complaint, or written a negative post about book pirating or Astatalk in well over a year. I decided, after reading many of the comments to my pirate posts, to remain objective about the entire topic, making only one claim, which is that I personally do not, and never will, pirate books or anything else myself. Whatever decision Astatalk made, or whatever prompted them to make this decision, had nothing to do with me. I’m just one small writer in a large sea of many, and I don’t have that kind of power.

Link To Confessions of a Book Pirate…

I ran across this interview the other day and decided to post a link. It’s titled, CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK PIRATE, from web site, and I think people on both sides of the book pirate issue might be interested in reading it.

Once again, the person in this interview makes some interesting points. Some of which revolve around a “moral” issue, not a legal issue. Especially when he makes this comment:

In truth, I think it is clear that morally, the act of pirating a product is, in fact, the moral equivalent of stealing… although that nagging question of what the person who has been stolen from is missing still lingers. Realistically and financially, however, I feel the impact of e-piracy is overrated, at least in terms of ebooks.

To me, personally, speaking as a reader and not a writer, it’s more than a moral issue. It’s a legal issue. Frankly, I believe in the law and I follow the law, whether it be speeding down the highway or downloading an illegal file. For me, there are no gray areas when it comes to the law. The law is the law, I have respect for the law, and I don’t care about the moral ramifications one way or the other. Evidently, though, a lot of people don’t agree with me.

I also found this comment interesting, when the pirate was asked whether or not he worries about getting into trouble for scanning and downloading books:

I’ve debated doing some newer authors and books, but I would need to protect myself better and resolve the moral dilemma of actually causing noticeable financial harm to the author whose work I love enough to spend so much time working on getting a nice e-copy if I were to do so.

Here we go again with the moral dilemma. I’m glad this person at least considers the fact that he is taking money out of the pockets of some very poor people, because new authors rarely have enough money to pay their rent. And when a book they’ve written is pirated every single penny taken from them causes noticeable financial harm. I know some authors who become physically and emotionally sick over it. Actually, the statement, “noticeable financial harm” sounds rather glib to me. Who is this guy to judge what constitutes noticeable financial harm to anyone?

Anyway…if you’re interested in this topic, please check out the link above and read the entire interview. I’m not weighing in with any specific opinions and I encourage anonymous comments. This is partly because I think everyone seems to have a different opinion about book pirating these days, and partly because I’m struggling to come to terms with this myself.

Facebook Account Update and Comments About Book Piracy

First, my facebook account was just enabled again…after being disabled for twenty four hours for no apparent reason. Evidently, there’s no clear cut reason why this happens and to be honest I’m not taking the time to pursue it. It’s back up and running, and that’s all I care about. As much as I do enjoy facebook, I can also live without it if I have to. And in the grand scheme of my life, facebook isn’t all that significant.

I’d also like to thank the people who have been commenting on a post I wrote about book pirates. I’m learning a lot of things I didn’t know, especially about what motivates people to pirate books. In many ways this is a difficult position for an author, because the people pirating the books are fans. So I’m learning a lot I didn’t know, and I encourage anyone to comment on the topic.

AN OFFICER AND HIS GENTLEMAN Free for Limited Time Only (Take that, Book Pirates)

If you haven’t read AN OFFICER AND HIS GENTLEMAN, it’s now being offered for free, for a limited time, here. …on I love this site. I download a lot of my own books there. It’s very simple to use.

And, for the people that patronize book pirates. Maybe you should take a little click over to allromance and check out this free offer. There are other books for free, too. You guys might find that it’s a good feeling to download free books that were authorized to be free books instead of stealing your books from sleezy pirate sites. All publishers do these free offers all the time, not just ravenous romance. And this way, even though you guys don’t seen to care about supporting your favorite authors by buying books (or about the fact that you could get caught and prosecuted), at least you can support them by acknowledging their free offers.

Pirate Sites: Help GA Hauser and Other Authors and Publishers Take Down

I’ve posted about this topic already, to the point of frustration. But m/m romance author, GA Hauser, has been working hard to stop these pirates, and I wanted to post something about it again. Here’s a link to her blog, where she discusses this in more depth

What are book pirates? They own web sites where people can go to download e-books for free. This means that no one makes money except the pirates. The authors make nothing. The publishers make nothing. And if no one makes any money by publishing e-books, in time there won’t be any published.

Downloading e-books from book pirates is illegal. It’s stealing. You can be prosecuted. But more than that, it’s also morally and ethically wrong.

Right now, is having a huge e-book sale. All e-books are only $1.79 each. This is cheap. You can’t get books in WalMart this cheap. So why would anyone want to steal them?

Here’s a link to one of the worst book pirate sites. When authors ask them to take down their books, they absolutely refuse to listen.

And here’s a facebook link where you can become a fan to stop this site from pirating books.