Not only on the high seas, not only sailing under the skull and crossbones, pirates are still busy at their plundering. I’m talking about pirating of creative and intellectual property, accomplished in great numbers through this wonderful creation called the internet.

I love the internet. I love the access it gives me to a world of new friends. Furthermore, it enables me to tell the world about my books and my friends’ books. But it also enables people to steal my books and the books of my friends.

Almost every day my Google Alerts pop up to inform me of another site where my books can be downloaded for free. In other words, offered without compensation to me or the publisher. Current laws make it the responsibility of the copyright holder to request that this infringement of copyright be taken down. Let me tell you, it is impossible to keep up with it.

I’m not trying to be political, but there is a bill pending to strengthen protection of copyright on the internet. I confess that I didn’t wade through the difficult language of the bill, but I do think the comments are interesting. (Feel free to vote, too: for or against)
Washington Watch: The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act

I am in complete sympathy with those who cannot afford to buy books in today’s difficult economy, but my solution would be to support and promote the use of libraries. And I never complain about used bookstores, because many readers buy used books to try out an author, then they are apt to buy the later books.

What do you all think about this issue? Do you know anyone who downloads pirated books?

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