Wednesday, January 25, 2012

STEAL A BOOK? WALK THE PLANK!


Let's face it, pirates CAN be sexy.  But not the ones who plunder and pillage the internet downloading free shite.

When you download a movie or album/CD, you think, "These guys are rich, they won't miss whatever royality or payment they would have rec'd."
Granted, the movie studios make billions, the movie stars make millions, but what about the guy with the clapper board, or the caterer, or the personal assistant to said millionaire movie star? You are stealing from them, too.
The record industry has suffered a real blow but they still rake in big bucks. So do the rock groups, though they make a lot of their money touring. But what about the sound mixer, the receptionist at the studio or the guy who sweeps up the place? Yep, stealing from them, too.

So now we come to the publishing industry. We are not talking big bucks here. Yes, some of the 'New York Six' print publishers make money and so do a handful of NYT best selling authors. But the majority of writers, or I will narrow it down, ROMANCE writers make very little. Most print authors have to keep their day jobs. The thousands of us who write ebooks make even less. Not all of us get to go on a big book tour in a huge bus with a gorgeous cover model and make six figures, nor are we the handful of ebook authors making five figures every quarter. Nope, most of us don't even eck out enough to pay an electricity bill for a quarter.

So when you next download a 3.99 ebook from a torrent site, remember the authors are getting nothing. Sitting down and writing any story of any length and selling it to a publisher is not easy. YOU try it. And yeah, you're stealing. From me and the many author acquaintances and buddies I have out there. Some of them rely on this money for those electric bills, rent etc. Way to go, Pirate.

Let me put this more simply. Let's say you spent all day making an apple pie. You peeled and cut up the apples, made the crust from scratch, rolled it out, baked it with your love, blood and sweat. You set the pie on the window ledge to cool. You come back an hour later the pie is gone, plate and all. Stolen. All your hard word down the drain. You will get nothing. The odor still lingers in the air to torture you. Someone is enjoying the 'fruits' of your labors while you get nothing in return. It's a real kick in the ass, isn't it?


While governments come up with lame-ass laws and bills to fight piracy that really doesn't fight piracy, this will continue. You no sooner pull one site down and another pops up, it's frustrating and soul sucking to see your work offered for free. So next time you rationalize your illegal download with "they're rich, they can afford it', think again, matey.

11 comments:

  1. Oh very good post Karyn! It is always the little people who get stung the most.

    I know this is not relevant to the post but is that Jensen Ackles as the pirate? Hot!!

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    1. So true. I may have been a little snarky/preachy in my tone, but it is upsetting.

      Good call! Yep, Someone photoshopped Jensen, lol! Hmmm, is that piracy? ;)

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    2. not preachy at all. It is a serious issue. When someone takes what you have created and claims it as their own, that is not cool. At all.

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    3. Thanks Gayl, I agree, It is a serious issue. It's one thing to steal from a billion dollar movie studio (still wrong) but to rip the couple of bucks from a hard working author's hand...terrible.

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  2. Good post, it must be terrible to have your hard work ripped off and offered for free. You make some good points and I loved the apple pie analogy!

    jaundyce

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    1. Thanks jaundyce, it is. Now that I slept on it, I did sound like I was telling people off, but, emotions run high on this subject. Cheers and thanks~~

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  3. Minor Victory! I sent an official DMCA (The Digital Millennium Copyright Act) to one pirate site and they took down my ebook. Do I really have the time to compose these letters and send them to every pirate site, every web host or to the FBI? No. But I will do what I can.

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    1. I had no idea yours was one of the pirated books! I knew about some other authors but not you...wow now I am even more angry about it.

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    2. Cheers Gayl, it does make one angry to be sure.

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  4. Here, here....the theft of our work is painful, and it makes some authors, me included, sometimes wonder if it worth all my time and effort. That theft could end the career of the next Hemingway, Tolstoy,....or hell, even a friggen Jackie Collins. The more users steal from us, the less of it there will be available. No one is going to keep pouring out their soul when they can't afford to pay the electric bill that charges up the computer.

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    1. Good points Alex, it is disheartening. And I so agree, try firing up the computer to write when there is not electricity!

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