Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rant Of The Day - ILLEGAL Downloads

This is me:

Because when you're fighting your way out of months worth of writer's block, the last thing you want to find on a Google search is your books available for ILLEGAL DOWNLOAD on the internet! I've just discovered a site that had one of my books and when I automatically searched my name I found... are you ready for this? 14 ENTRIES. On ONE SITE. And do you know what I have to do now? I have to individually flag and report every single damn one of them for copyright infringement. Do I have time for this crap? DO I HELL.

It's one of the curses of the internet. But what the people who enjoyed my books enough to share them this way maybe don't realize is that they are STEALING FROM ME. I'm sorry, but they are. It's why books are copyrighted. And Harlequin's books are copyrighted ALL OVER THE WORLD. I'm grateful the company has a legal department for this kind of thing but GOOD GRIEF. What am I supposed to do? HIRE SOMEONE to look up all the links and sites for me??? Yes. I'm a tad MIFFED. So PLEASE, if you find any of my books available for illegal download anywhere on the internet LET ME KNOW. The same goes for any author. Trust me. We'll thank you! Personally I'm fully prepared to dedicate books to you for it!

Meanwhile I plan on de-stressing this Easter weekend with a couple of four-legged friends:


Heidi said...

I second that emotion, Trish.

And I thank you for putting the call out for an alert...And my bank manager thanks you, and my mortgage company thanks you and my milk man thanks you.... And, well, you get the picture.

Nina in Ohio said...

Amazing the lengths people will go to - and it's not like the books are expensive. I'll keep my eye out.


Lacey Devlin said...

LEAVE THE BOOKS ALONE!!! I could rant too but I won't, instead I vote for blowing up their computers. That will fix them.

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

What a beautiful photo....hope your Easter was wonderful!

I saw Nic's post and I'm so angry, I can't being to tell you because I realize what this can cost you as an author.

As a lover of romance and one who spends tons of $$ on romance books, I'm angry that someone would do this to an author.

This year Harlequin is giving free downloads to celebrate 60 years, isn't that enough or are people that greedy?