Illegal downloads.?

It has come to the attention of several authors who hang out on this board and help others that there are several here who run sites containing illegal downloads of copyrighted material like Harry Potter and the Stephanie Meyer books. Keyword - illegal. These books are protected by FEDERAL copyright laws.... show more It has come to the attention of several authors who hang out on this board and help others that there are several here who run sites containing illegal downloads of copyrighted material like Harry Potter and the Stephanie Meyer books. Keyword - illegal. These books are protected by FEDERAL copyright laws. Distributing them is illegal and a federal offense. Read the US Copyright laws. If you can download the books, you can download the laws too.

Let it be known that several authors here are sick and tired of seeing the hard work of authors stolen. Authors write for a living and they have every right to be compensated for their work - in other words PAID for their books. Posting and sharing illegal sites with illegal copies of these and other books will not be tolerated. We will report you to Abuse. We will also contact the publishers - Scholastic, Little Brown etc. as well as the American agents who represent these authors. If you get caught, they can and will press charges.
Update: Authors have the right to make a living writing. They sell books. If you enjoy their work, do not steal from them. It is just like walking into their homes and stealing a TV set. It is a crime and a very serious one. Your IP address can be traced to the company that provides your internet service. A warrant can... show more Authors have the right to make a living writing. They sell books. If you enjoy their work, do not steal from them. It is just like walking into their homes and stealing a TV set. It is a crime and a very serious one. Your IP address can be traced to the company that provides your internet service. A warrant can require that company to reveal the name of their customer. If your internet service is in your parents names, you are subjecting your parents to a lot of trouble, including fines and even possibly arrest. Ask any kid who got their parents in trouble stealing music from Napster. This is NOT a joke. This is a genuine and serious CRIME.

Also do not visit these sites. Traffic there is also traceable. In addition, many of the sites are virused. Don't download anything.

These books cost less than 20 bucks. If you cannot afford one, borrow one from a friend or the library. Or get a babysitting job and buy one. This is no longer funny. You will be reported. Trust me on that. Pax -
Update 2: One of several authors tired of seeing people's work stolen by irresponsible kids
Update 3: If you are an author and you see such abuse here -please report it to Yahoo immediately. The next book they steal could be yours.
Update 4: Here is my question. Who is going to turn these thieves into Yahoo Abuse??
Update 5: Community Guidelines. Don'ts Number 8 ...

Post content that violates federal, state, or local law.
Update 6: Good point, Divinatum. Cconsult, I want a set of Louis Vuitton luggage, but I can't afford it. Does that give me the right to steal it because Louis Vuitton doesn't bring the price down? Hardly. If you can't afford a book - use the library. Stealing is stealing, isn't it? There - another question.
Update 7: shekikak - if you don't know the basic difference between borrowing and stealing, there is something basically wrong. Authors understand that their books will be borrowed and checked out of libraries and yes, even sold used. However it is the blatant stealing we object to. What is the difference between... show more shekikak - if you don't know the basic difference between borrowing and stealing, there is something basically wrong. Authors understand that their books will be borrowed and checked out of libraries and yes, even sold used. However it is the blatant stealing we object to. What is the difference between borrowing and stealing? Another question
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