Monday, July 29, 2013

Here There be Pirates

Yarr, Matey. So...I saw a post on Facebook about a site that is illegally offering books up for download when they have not received permission. I reported  them on Facebook and got a notice back that they found no evidence of theft (it was the best option I saw to report the page), and that they won't be removing the page. Boo, Facebook! You fail! Does that make them complicit in copyright infringement? If only.

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This "business" has a website on a Blogger site. I figured I'd post it so people could make sure none of their works have been stolen. I'm not going to post the name of the site, because I don't feel like advertising for them. Use caution, as I accidentally clicked on something while shifting my laptop and got a virus notification. No idea what I clicked on. If you'd like to report them (or anyone in the future), a friend gave me this link for reporting copyright infringement to Google and this link to report abuse. And I guess if they get removed from Blogger, the Facebook page won't really matter, will it?

Moving on, I'm entering the third week of my CNA program. It's more intensive than I imagined, but hopefully I'm holding my own against the youngins' in the class. Can't wait to be done! So much reading, studying, testing, homework, and stress. OY!

I'd like to take a moment to alert you to a member of the blogging community that can use our support. If you follow or sometimes visit Jeff Hargett at Strands of Pattern, he lost his wife recently. If you haven't stopped by to give him your support, you can do so here. My heart is breaking for him and his family. Jeff is always so positive and supportive of others. The least we can do is give a little of that back.

Have you ever been pirated? What fun things have you done this summer? Getting any writing done, or do you let it rest during the summer?

May you find your Muse.


  1. I don't think I've been pirated. I try not to post more than brief excerpts of my work but I'm also afraid to go to that site and look in case it infects my computer!

  2. Is that site even legit? I see no evidence of any books actually being available for download. You just click on a link and it takes you to some skeezy looking scam page. Don't worry, I have my Internet condom on, so my laptop is safe...

    We put one of our books up on The Pirate Bay, because we're just happy to share it with the world. That's our choice, though.

    Also, when we went camping this weekend, we went up through Lyons and passed that infamous ELK NUTS sign. We both laughed and thought of your recent post.

  3. If this is the same FB Page I heard about this weekend, I don't think it actually has any ebooks. Like Brandon said, it's just links to adware crap.

  4. I don't want any adware or spyware! Lame Facebook won't take them down.

  5. Thanks for the alert- I'll keep an eye out.

    And thanks so much for letting us know about Jeff- I think the more people that flood him with support the better able to face all this he'll be.

  6. Thanks for the warning! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks for the alert on pirates and Jeff.

  8. Someday, somehow the pirates will get pay-back.

  9. When I read this title I was all set for the fun kind of pirates. (Although I guess in reality pirates are never really fun.)
    But this is just awful and it's frustrating that Facebook didn't deal with this as it should have. Thanks for the heads-up.

  10. Sites like these are legion. They're so common that it's odd that giant media corporations like Facebook and Google don't have simple protocols for flagging them - it makes me wonder how understaffed those elements of their businesses are.