Okay so I know I am a pretty little fish in the huge sea of blogging but I feel as though I need to say something about some of the things I have seen recently.
I have been lucky enough to befriend some amazing authors and through this I know how much hard work goes into their novels; family time missed, food that hasn't been cooked, time with your charecters that could have been spent with friends. They work they ass's off to bring us something amazing, and as one of their readers I am forever grateful that they have taken the time to write something that will be with me for a long time.
It has been brought to my attention recently just how many sites are illegally pirating people's work. In fact I would go as far as to say it disgusts me a little, how people can morally do that is beyond me.
Would you steal a car?
Well then don't steal people's work; you are taking money out of their pockets, you are disregarding the time they have spent making that book come to life, you are making a mockery out of the time they spent away from their family's working to bring you that book.
Illegally downloading and uploading of books is just plain wrong, and if you see this happening please contact the author's work in question or contact a respected blogger or member of the 'indie author community' I can tell you first hand how grateful they will be for your support.
These sites are popping up EVERYWHERE I hate to say it but even Facebook has had a recent pirating binge in groups where people openly swap books as if it where the most normal thing to do and are not caring for the repercussions
From the FBI website - http://www.fbi.gov/ipr/"Warning: The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000."
From the US Copyright Office - http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-digital.html#p2p"Uploading or downloading works protected by copyright without the authority of the copyright owner is an infringement of the copyright owner's exclusive rights of reproduction and/or distribution. Anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed and, if willful infringement is proven by the copyright owner, that amount may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed."