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Showing posts with label e-piracy. Show all posts
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Monday, September 6, 2010

E-Piracy



After reading Kristi @ The Story Siren's post on the same subject yesterday, I couldn't help but write one of my own. My review can wait. This is a serious problem in the literary world, and something needs to be done about it, soon.

First of all, for those of you who think that e-piracy is "not a big deal," it is. Imagine this scenario: a young author (we'll name her Amy), new to the industry, maybe in her mid-twenties, publishes her debut novel. Amy has to make a certain number of book sales before she'll be contracted for more books. In this case, we'll go with 25,000. A pirate gets her novel and leaks it to the internet. 27,000 people read her book. It's great, they want more, can't wait for the sequel. 2,001 of them read it for free online from the pirated copy. They all wonder why there was never a sequel. Meanwhile, Amy finds herself waiting tables in Queens while she tries to finish college. She doesn't have the time to write anymore. You never get your sequel, all because of one pirate.

Now, while this was purely rhetorical, I know for a fact that similar things have happened. The fictional Amy's dream was ruined by piracy, and so were the dreams of countless real life authors. What if you were the one who couldn't do what you wanted to for a living all because some selfish people stole your work? How would you feel? Amy could be your friend, your spouse, your child, maybe even you. Is that what you want?

I know that this is a very controversial topic, but I don't understand why. What's controversial about theft? It's against the law! There are libraries that you could get the book from, bookstores, friends to borrow it from. It's so easy to get a hold of a copy, that piracy isn't even reasonable. How could you make an author's dream impossible because of your own convenience? How selfish do you have to be to destroy another human being's career for a few days, tops, of entertainment?

If you're selfish enough to pirate someone's work, then here's something that should appeal to your logic. Yeah, this affects you directly, pirates. If you pirate the books of authors you like, they won't be contracted to write more. You won't be able to read any more of your favorite author's work because you stole their work and ended their writing careers. You did it. No one else. Just something to think about when the authors you love become car salesmen, waiters, nurses, etc., and give up writing.

I don't want to start any arguments or anything, but it needs to be said. If you pirate books, music, movies, or anything, you should be ashamed of yourself. Remember this the next time you go to download a novel illegally.

(Also, if anyone wants to borrow the graphic at the top, it's fine with me as long as you link back to this post.)

Please link to as many posts on the subject as you can find, and I'll start a list. We bloggers need to get this stuff organized so that it's easier to find.