During the recent months, we are finding an increasing number of sites that pirate e-books and either sell them cheap or list them for free without an author’s permission. Many of these sites are located overseas. Some operate as on-line bookstores, others claim no responsibility for the files shared through their web site, but the bottom line is still the same. These sites infringe copyrights. Sadly, they more often target indie authors and small presses, driven by misguided sense that they would be less likely to fight back. This makes the problem even worse.
Here is what to do if you find your book illegally available on line:
1. Go to Whois directory (http://whois.net/) and look up the web site listing your pirated title. There will be several e-mail addresses listed there for registrant, abuse, etc. Copy all of them.
2. Look at the “contact us page” of the piracy web site. Harvest all the e-mail addresses from there.
3. Write the following e-mail to all these addresses at the same time:
SUBJECT: Notification of Copyright Infringement
Dear <WEB SITE NAME>,
I hereby notify you that:
The copyrighted work at issue is the ebook <BOOK TITLE> by <AUTHOR NAME>, which appears on <WEB SITE NAME> at the following URL:
<PASTE THE URL HERE>
I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
You can reach me at <YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS>
I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
<YOUR NAME>, Author
It is important to use this, or similar legal wording when sending your message. In most cases, your book will be de-listed within hours of sending this message.