Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Book PIRACY is BAD All Around!

When you begin reading a book, I’m certain that unless you’re an author, you don’t think of what it took the author to bring that book to fruition. Nor do you consider what the author gave up along the way. Unless you’re a member of another branch of ‘The Arts’ most likely you’ve given no though to the fact that the author (unless that book is a bestseller) spent the most time of anyone who worked to bring this book to market and is the poorest paid of them all.

With the advent of the internet’s Self-publishing options, Indie authors face another financial drain that of book piracy. Piracy of this sort is happening to bestseller’s eBooks as well.

Both Indie authors and authors published by a publisher who’ve COPYRIGHTED their work, find themselves questioning the validity of giving a year of their life to the creative process only to find their work begin sold or downloaded for free on a pirate site.

Aware that this may happen, June Donaghy Kramin shared what I've posted below, and also suggested adding your author name and book titles to Google Alerts so you’ll be notified if your work’s been pirated!

Pursuant to 17 USC 512(c)(3)(A), this communication serves as a statement

1.      I am [the exclusive rights holder | the duly authorized representative of the exclusive rights holder] for [titles of copyrighted material being infringed upon, along with any identifying material such as ISBNs, publication dates, etc -- or, if the material is a web page, the URL];

2.      These exclusive rights are being violated by material available upon your site at the following URL(s): [URLs of infringing material];

3.      I have a good faith belief that the use of this material in such a fashion is not authorized by the copyright holder, the copyright holder's agent, or the law;

4.      Under penalty of perjury in a United States court of law, I state that the information contained in this notification is accurate, and that I am authorized to act on the behalf of the exclusive rights holder for the material in question;

5.      I may be contacted by the following methods (include all): [physical address, telephone number, and email address];

I hereby request that you remove or disable access to this material as it appears on your service in as expedient a fashion as possible. Thank you. Regards,

Joel D Canfield says that the eBooks being offered by pirated sites aren’t our books but viruses. Though he can tell us how to verify what he says, Joel warns that doing so would corrupt our computers.

I don’t know which side of the debate you’re on, or if June or Joel are right, but I posted this here so you can be informed for I believe the worst feeling one can experience after all their hard work is the reality that were money to be made those pirated free downloads might negate that. 

For authors wishing to make a career as an author the possible that a pirated eBook of theirs causing computer issues to the unsuspecting who may then suspect them is an unwarranted attack upon their creativity. 

In closing I ask that the shopper buy from reputable sources and those reading this pray a hedge of protection around those who create. Thank you & God bless 

Paula Rose Michelson began her writing career at age fifteen when she agreed to write a weekly 'Teen Scene' column for a San Diego paper. Married to the love of her life at 20, Paula is the mother of two, grandmother of seven, and the wife of Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Field Missionary, Ron Michelson. Ron continues to encourage Paula to write flinch-free Christian fiction and nonfiction. He recently applauded her desire to write books dealing with life issues from a more secular viewpoint, so those who seek will find. 

For The Naomi Chronicles saga, Paula researched what befell the Jews during and after the Spanish and Mexican Inquisitions, thinking to use that background in her heroine's story. Aware that life, love, choices, and forgiveness were what she wanted to write about, Paula was surprised and blessed when Naomi shared her harrowing story with her. Readers who like inspirational fiction with a Messianic twist and a hint of history, will enjoy 'The Naomi Chronicles'.

Recently, feeling a heart-call to write shorter works of fiction, Paula realized her books are about choices, how they challenge and change us and help us develop wisdom and insight. In her newly released short novella 'The Time Between', readers looking for a more real and raw story will find one. The compelling characters draw the reader into what one reviewer called, "A riveting can't put down, fiction that only the head of LAMB Ministries could write in such a compelling way that you become the characters you are reading about, which is a complete departure from what this author has written before."

Since Paula continues the work the Lord called her to when LAMB Ministries was formed in 1988, she uses God's Word and what he sifted from her work as Chemical Dependency - Lifestyle Disorder Councilor, to equip women with biblical tools to recover from trauma and abuse. Some of the tools are found in the pages of her books, for Paula knows the issues found in her characters are seen in survivors trying to hide their pain. Thus this author continues her work by writing books to inspire others to overcome.

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