Regular Pirates. Because at least regular pirates only pillage rum. And that’s not infringing on anyone’s creativity.
I hit the big time! My book has been pirated. For shits and giggles, I did a search for A Beautiful Mess, T.K. Leigh, epub, just to check. And bam! There was my book, free for everyone. Thankfully, the majority of you out there are honest and for the low, low cost of $2.99 would have no problem buying a legitimate version of my book. For the rest of you out there, SHAME ON YOU! And that’s all I’m going to say on the matter.
So I got to have a little fun this morning. You see, before I began this writing career of mine, I went to law school (and graduated in the top of my class). And after law school, I moved to California. And once in California, I took the bar exam. And I passed the toughest bar exam in the country on the first try. I think the overall pass rate during that bar exam sitting was a low of 31%. Crazy, right? Anyway, I have been a member of the State Bar of California for the last several years. And it states rather clearly in my bio on amazon that I am an attorney / producer by trade. Idiots! So cease and desist orders have been sent. And will be sent on a regular basis until the copyrighted material is taken down.
Reminder…. My book is now live on amazon!!! Be honest and buy it!
Here’s a template for anyone else to use when battling violations of the US Copyright act and any other issues that arise out of DMCA.
Attn: Copyright Agent, (list illegal file share site here)
Pursuant to 17 USC 512(c) (3) (A), this communication serves as a statement that:
I am (put your name here), the duly authorized representative of the exclusive rights holder for (title of your book);
These exclusive rights are being violated by material available on your website at the following URL(s) / web addresses: (list the websites here. Be specific. Do not just use the basis website. Make sure it is the link to your actual book on that specific website.)
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; (THIS IS A MANDATORY STATEMENT THAT MUST BE INCLUDED)
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;
I may be contacted by the following methods: e-mail: (enter your e-mail address here); mail: (enter your mailing address here. I know some people are hesitant about giving that information out, but it gives more credibility to your request when you give a physical mailing location.)
I hereby demand that you remove or disable access to this material as it appears on your service in as expedient a fashion as possible.
(YOUR NAME HERE)
This is a basic copyright take down notice. Under US Copyright law, there is no hard and fast time that I’m aware of that they need to take the infringing material down by. Book piracy, unfortunately happens. We all wish it didn’t because of the countless hours we spend pouring our hearts and souls into our manuscripts. It’s a slap in the face for someone to just pirate our work and post it so everyone can enjoy it for free. I didn’t start writing to make money. Even if I never made a penny off my work, I’d still write. Because it makes me happy. Simply because I enjoy what I do, doesn’t mean that you should steal my work. It’s not only a slap in the face to me as an author, but also to all the hard-working, honest people who actually buy my book. Okay. I’m done now. Feel free to use all or any of the copyright take down notice I’ve posted. As a self-published author, I’m thankful to have a law degree. :-)