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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Robbing authors $1.50 at a time! What can you do with a buck fifty???


Three hundred million Euros. Approximately $270 million.
Yes.
That is how much money piracy in Spain amounts to, according to a recent analysis there.
In the United States, currently the total reaches an astonishing $3 billion.  (See: http://venturebeat.com/2010/03/02/book-piracy-costs-u-s-publishers-3b-says-study/ )
Yes, B for billion.
But in my own pocket, or I should say out of it, I see an OUCH factor that amounts to THOUSANDS of dollars.
THOUSANDS.
I am not alone.
So many of my friends/colleagues have the same problem.  Whenever one person downloads one novel, they steal approximately $1.50+ from me. If they then email that book to someone else, the amount multiplies.
Now, I can say that I write for a living. My colleagues do too.
Recently, I saw that one book of my novels on one pirate site had been downloaded 496 times. (And I have sent take down notices to this site before, so they have robbed me multiple times!) So for that one book, I have been robbed of $744.00.
That is not chicken feed.
What could I do with that money?
Pay my grocery bill. Help pay my mortgage. Save it in my bank account for my old age.
What did the thief do with the $3.99 he/she "saved" by stealing form me?
Buy a bag of chips?
Buy a new mascara in the dime store?
GLOAT that they had gotten away with a crime while they robbed me of my property?
Reading a novel is one of the most inexpensive and long-lasting entertainments. For a very small sum, a reader gets to enjoy many hours of pleasure in a quiet, serene way. Is that not worth something more than being ripped off?????
This craziness has got to stop and the only way to do it is to write about it CONSTANTLY. To accused these criminals of suppressing the economy that I bet they are eager to see become more prosperous so that they can benefit!
To download an author's book for free is a crime. It is larceny. Theft.
I am out to catch thieves. EVERY DAY.

5 comments:

Amber Skyze said...

Great post, Cerise. What would they do if writers stopped writing and they could no longer steal from them.
At the rate they're stealing it's difficult to justify writing another book, then another. For all the time and effort I put into writing, it doesn't pay off in the long run.

Tina Donahue said...

It's sad when someone thinks they're being cute, cool or whatever by stealing. What a country we've become. We call sports celebrities heroes and we refuse to pay the real heroes (teachers, cops, firefighters) a fair wage.

I'm a firm believer in karma. Someday the worst of the pirates will have their comeuppance, and they'll be the first to cry like babies that 'life isn't fair'. Tell me about it.

jean hart stewart said...

Damned discouraging to a writer. Writing is my life, and I love it, but I can't help but wonder what would happen if we all went on strike. Probably nothing since there's so many already written. But to me it's an interesting thought.

Delicious Romance From Cerise DeLand said...

Sad but true, if you go on strike, what could these criminals care?
They will rip off movies. video games.
Bet they protest against higher taxes to pay for...roads, bridges, the military...you name it.
A thief will steal anything.
Wonder what they've got that is worth anything?
Morals? Character?
Hope?
A sense of justice?

Patricia Bates said...

This is a wonderful post. I agree completely, we need to take a stand against these pirates - because regardless of who they are - their sense of honesty, of morality, and character is nowhere to be seen. Be it a $1.50 or a million - you're still a thief and you should pay for that crime.