Friday, August 12, 2016

eBooks Being Stolen From Authors - Copyright Infringement

Just this morning, I did a Google search of one of the titles of my books. I was flabergasted to find it on a site that was offering it as a free download. After further research, I realized that most, if not all, of the books on said site have been stolen from the authors. This site sells memberships and makes thousands of dollars from the theft of copyrighted works. I will not add to their advertising by posting a link to it but I do suggest that, if you are an author, you should do a Google search of each of your titles and follow all the links that come up. Google does have a form you can submit to express your copyright infringement concerns and ask that the listing be removed.

I support myself and my disabled son with my artwork and books so it infuriates me to know that some anonymous entity is stealing my work and taking money that should go to put food on the table for us.

Here is a link to the form I used to request that my copyrighted works be removed from the offending site: https://support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905