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Every so often, for one reason or another, the issue of piracy comes up.

This is particularly true of book piracy, both print (ARC versions of books are scanned and posted in ‘filesharing’ sites even before they are available in book stores) and, even more so, electronic.

There are many discussions and points of view on this–both Karen and I have talked about it, Shiloh Walker has spoken frequently and eloquently on the topic, and via RRRJessica’s Monday Stepback post I was able to read a differing point of view from Bibliophile Stalker, a Philipino author.

However, in the end, is this post by Robin D. Owens (author of the Heart series, a favorite of mine), which strikes closer to the heart of the matter, as far as I’m concerned (bolding  mine):

Folks, I need every cent I get from my writing. I am the sole provider of my household. Please don’t download my books for free. I truly don’t understand why people think I should not get paid for my work.

Aren’t you paid for yours?

This post is in response to the daily notices I get of torrents for my work. I honestly don’t have the time to try and take down torrents on European Servers. And, really, if the piracy gets too large, I’ll simply be dropped by my publishers. I’m not joking.

Thank you.

Enough said.

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Update: After writing and scheduling this post, I discovered that–in one of those strange fits of synchronicity with which the universe occasionally amuses itself–Dear Author is also talking about the piracy issue in its Tuesday Midday Links (last topic of the post)

Talk about blatant piracy.

This fuckwit here, http://englishbookworm.blogspot.com/, has a whole host of books up, and he’s offering free e-book downloads to the public.

The following titles are included in his never-ending list:
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And The Coveted Title of Fucktard Of The Week Goes To...

asshole

Amber…

From this thread over at Shiloh Walker’s blog:

“I will never in my wildest imagination, buy or read any work published by Pamela Clare or any other author that I have no respect for.

Would I share her books with other internet downloaders who want to read her work? You bet. That is their choice, not mine.

I’m already a thieving SOB, and if it’s OK for them to be totally lacking in integrity, why is it not for me?

Respect me and I will respect you.

…I believe that authors need to start viewing their readers – ALL their readers – as their ‘bread and butter’ rather than their creative content as such.

This shift in thinking will engender a different way of thinking and a new paradigm for publishing.

…When an author opens a thread denouncing pirating on their blog i.e. a public forum and someone responds with an opposing viewpoint how can the author then object to that person condoning pirating on their blog? I really don’t see the rationale in that.

A fixation on the belief that somehow simply because something is LEGAL it must necessarily be moral, right, just, fair, immutable, or serving the needs of all individuals involved, will only ensure that polarization to extremism will prevail i.e. the problem will never be solved.”

I either heard or read an analogy that was quite apt with regards to piracy the other day; It’s like a keen gardener who’s spent all his time cultivating his backyard, so that it looks beautiful with flowers blooming all over the place. Imagine then somebody coming along and plucking out his flowers, without his permission?

I’d be mad as a fucking cornered cat.

I can just hear the cries of, “Oh noes, not another piracy post!” across Blogland. Whatever bitches. It’s ok, I’m not gonna rant, I’m happy enough to point out fuckwits when I come across them.

(AztecLady here: Curiosity, my besetting sin. Amber’s idiocy first manifested itself here. Apparently, if a person objects to having the fruit of her efforts pirated, she doesn’t deserve respect. <sarcasm>Authors, who do they think they are?</sarcasm>)