Authors, Entrepreneurs, and other Creative Individuals Pursuing Their Dreams
My fellow village friends, this is a reprint from my SharingwithWriters newsletter. I thought it important enough to publish it twice:
Is Your Book Being Given Away Free without Permission? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
An online business, 2shared.com, seems to be in the business of giving away books—perhaps your book—without permission. I suggest you check out the site and see if your book is listed as well as subscribing to an Google Alert or some other alert program so that if it should be (and they continue to use your title), you will know about it. Here is a letter I recently sent to them (and copied my lawyer son!). Once is forgiveable. Twice is not. Twice YOU need to know about it!
Dear Sir or Madam:
You (and someone else) is offering my The Frugal Editor free without my permission at this URL: http://www.2shared.com/xxxxxxx
This book is copyrighted material. If anyone would like permission to offer an excerpt complete with buy information and credit information, I would be happy to give them permission to do so at firstname.lastname@example.org. But I am asking that you immediately cease and desist offering a free download of the book at this site and not to publish anything of mine without prior permission.
Please note this is not the first time this has happened at 2shared.com. My Frugal Book Promoter was also sold/given away without my permission recently.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author
One of my trusted newsletters subscribers sent me a link to a more formal (and legally correct) letter you can use for a template if you wish. For copyright reasons, I will not publish it, but if you'd like it, please e-mail me at HoJoNews@aol.com. And if you'd like me to subscribe you to my letter (it's full of promotion tips, scam alerts, and even tips for improving your craft! (-: ), just put SUBSCRIBE in the subject line and send the request to this same e-mail address.
And, PS. There is lots more on plagiarism in The Frugal Book Promoter (www.budurl.com/FrugalBkPromo) . Check the index for pertinent entries.