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DRM Creates Pirates

Reporters. Ya gotta love’em. Why just report something when you can report it sensationally? It’s the written equivalent of jazz hands. If you’ve been on any of the various writing forums lately, you’ve come across this article from The Register. To summarize, there is a new kind of spam – Kindle Spam. Basically, there are people out there that are stealing other people’s work and publishing it under their own name so that they can collect the royalties. If you think this isn’t a problem, check out what TC Southwell had to go through to reclaim her books on Amazon. While I empathize with her plight, it’s easy to see why Amazon made her jump through all the hoops she did to prove that she was the original author. If they didn’t, pirates would find successful indie books and try to “reclaim” them from Amazon. It’d be a nightmare.

Of course, it’s an issue of piracy. Saying it’s spam is really a misnomer. It’s out-and-out theft. But the conclusion that the author of the article comes to is faulty. He suggests that a monetary cost to uploading books would detract pirates. That, somehow, a monetary barrier to entry would make all the pirates¬†magically¬†go away.

Let’s just think about that for a moment.

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Pirating Books

I took my middle son to a birthday party over the weekend. One of the moms had read Bob Moore: No Hero and liked it. We were talking about it and one of the dads overheard. He asked that as an eBook author if I was worried about piracy. Not really since my book is free. But in the future, if I charge for other books, sure, I’ll be worried about it. There is this thought out there that anything digital should be free. Someone buys one copy and they can upload it to the whole world if they want. Well, that’s fine if the content took five seconds to create but if it took hundreds of hours… well, you see the problem.

Tell you what. If you want me (or any other author for that matter) to only to sell one copy of a book and every other copy should be free, that’s fine. The first copy will cost you (or someone, doesn’t really matter) $100,000. Continue reading Pirating Books