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Jun 08, 2011 04:54AM

30255 Germany is going after "FREETARDS".
Jun 08, 2011 04:53AM

30255 I agree with you, L.J. I believe that RWA keeps a list. One can email

But, what do they do with the list?

If you haven't done so, join the One Voice arm (free) of
Jun 05, 2011 05:06AM

30255 In fact... one of the problems with copyright enforcement is the "I'm All Right, Jack" attitude of most authors and publishing houses.

Getting ones own file down appears to be good enough for most authors (not the AuthorsAgainstE-BookTheft). They don't loudly insist that the entire pirate account is removed for cause.
Jun 05, 2011 05:03AM

30255 Thank you for the comments, Guido. I, too, wish that publishers could get together, and do something of this sort.

The best hope would be if all publishers joined The Copyright Alliance (dot org) and worked with Game developers.

We just don't have time or resources for each industry reinventing (or inventing) the wheel.
May 30, 2011 03:19AM

30255 ....the virus also took a screenshot of the player's desktop and uploaded it to the same website. If they were hoping to catch the pirates doing something embarrassing, they succeeded: One guy was caught reading plant-related erotica.

Read more: 6 Hilarious Ways Game Designers Are Screwing With Pirates |
May 30, 2011 03:17AM

May 19, 2011 02:02PM

30255 Interesting discussion about what happens if a downloader is "flagged" or sent a DMCA warning by their ISP.

This is quoted from some wise old wag on a private pirate site:

"You have been flagged. What this means is that whatever policing body caught you in the act of infringing on a copyright now has your IP address and physical proof of some sort that you have attempted or have downloaded content that infringes on a copyright. That means you have 'stolen' someones intellectual property - and you could be in a lot of trouble. Being flagged means that you are probably on a list for them to monitor in the future - a special list where they keep track of people they have caught to see if they have repeat offenders - repeat offenders are the easiest to prosecute, because there is a mountain of evidence along with a clear intent to break the law and steal from the lawful owners of the intellectual property or digital content.

Now, you might think, "OH, I'll just stop torrenting for a while, I'll be fine." No, this is not correct - you have been marked. Any future activity will be monitored in the event that you download something illegally again. Weeks don't matter. a month or two might do it, but in the short term, there is no safe way for you to go P2P without the possibility of being caught.

Here's the thing - not all items you download are protected by the company that found you. Typically, copyright owners will hire a policing body to keep an eye on torrents for them, pursue those who violate the copyrights, and obtain fines for that downloading. If you download something they do not have the right to pursue you for, chances are they will ignore it - or pass it on to someone who does. Because of that, its a bit like russian roulette. You could take the chance that, perhaps, this body doesn't monitor music - but you might get flagged by another company, making you twice fucked.

You might turn to popular block lists like PG2, or the built in filters that many popular torrent apps come with. Don't bother - just as there are ways to hide your IP address, so too can those searching for you. There are always ways to monitor traffic, and if you are flagged, chances are that they will. It is generally acknowledged that PG2 is a placebo effect at best, and serves mostly to cut you off from a good percentage of the world, in the hopes for safety. This is a very comprehensive explanation why PG2 does not work. Please, take the time to read it.

Some users might tell you to use the TOR network to proxy your downloads, or try to hide your HTTP traffic. this is WRONG and BAD - the TOR network is NOT for torrenting traffic, nor does it support the torrent protocol. You cannot hide your traffic through TOR, so please do not try.

Also note that, depending on your locale, your ISP might work to monitor your traffic as well. This means that your ISP itself will watch your traffic - meaning that any and all content you download will be looked at - infinitely increasing the probability that you will be caught if you so much as think about piracy. Don't do it if your ISP is known to actively monitor and report infringers on their networks. Its not worth it.

Encryption also will NOT protect you - the way encryption works is that you encrypt the data stream on your end, and a client with that encryption key decrypts it on the other end. See the problem? The client on the other end - IE any other bittorrent user with that particular encryption enabled. Azureus uses the RC4 encryption, I think - meaning that if any of those policing bodies uses Azureus with the RC4 encryption enabled, they can see your traffic, what you are uploading, and will have proof that not only you are downloading illegally, but are trying to hide it - which doesn't help your case if it goes to court. Encryption can always be cracked, and if you are flagged, the chances of a policing body using their own resources to crack you increases with every illegal download you make.

Know this, and this is important: Repeated offenses will lead to prosecution. You cannot win against them - there are multiple accounts of people appealing copyright infringement cases, and the vast majority of them are lost. The political climate at the moment is not welcoming to pirates. You cannot win against them. They have more money, better lawyers, and more political clout than you can ever hope for. If you think you can outsmart them, you are wrong - they have more resources than some countries, and will wield it in excess to destroy you if you try to fight back. You cannot win against them. Anyone who gives you 'legal' advice on how to defeat the letters is full of it. Any good lawyer will tell you this - you cannot win against them. You can hope to reduce damages by pleading guilty, but even then, you will still get huge fines and possible jail time. It isn't worth it, and there is no chance of it ending well. YOU CANNOT WIN AGAINST THEM.

Do not reply to the letter. Ignore it, and begin doing any of the number of things included in this post. Replying to them is an admission of guilt, no matter what your excuse is. Unecrypted wireless networks, wayward children, and evil neighbors will not save you. Please refer to the Jammie Thomas case - no matter how poor or innocent you seem, they will not hesitate to destroy you.

Now, I've talked a lot about what you can't or shouldn't do - lets talk a bit about what you can.

Stop downloading - really, thats the best solution. Piracy evolved as a way for people to get to information that might not be available, outside of their financial range, or just as a way to test out the shiniest software, movies, and music. More and more, its adapting - software is cheaper, music is cheaper, movies are cheaper. Start weighing what you download - is that movie really worth it when you can see it in theaters for 10$? Try looking for dollar theaters that play releases weeks after the initial - no wait for downloads, no gettingcaught, and you see your movie for cheap. Music? Look for DRM-Free services that sell MP3's for cheap, or start buying CD"s when they go on sale at popular stores. Software? Well good luck with that - good software is always expensive, thats just something you need to deal with. Be a smart shopper and you'll be fine.

If you must download, try to stay away from 'shiny' torrents. THe newest movies, music, and games are also the most watched. Waiting a few weeks, or even a month, to download something you want could save you from an infringement letter. A bit of patience goes a long way - keep in mind, if its new, you aren't the only one looking at it - so are thousands upon thousands of others, and many of them are policing agencies looking to grab an infringer.

VPN's are beggining to become a popular source of downloading - using a distant proxy far, far away, where for a nominal price, your traffic gets encrypted and you can download safely. This might work - your ISP can still see your traffic, so if they are monitoring you, tough shit. if the VPN is in a country where torrenting is illegal, you might stand to be caught i the VPN gets taken down and gives up their logs. ANd its usually expensive, and the bandwidth depends on how fast their pipe is - usually, not very.

Seedboxes are currently the leader in anonymous torrenting. A distant server in a country that is more friendly towards torrenting will download for you - and you grab it off an FTP at blazing fast private speeds that no one but your ISp can monitor, and ftp traffic is rarely monitored for illegal content. They range from extremely expensive to rather cheap, and might be the solution that you are looking for if you absolutely must get that shiny new game hours after it comes out. Seedboxes are also a good way to get your upload ratio very high, if thats your goal.

In the end, there is no good way to not get caught for downloading. Good habits will save you, but inevitably, you will always run the risk of being caught. Smart downloading is your best bet, along with a good touch of common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and you will probably pay for it in spades. Be smart, be safe, and you'll likely spend years downloading (like myself) and never be caught."
May 14, 2011 04:54AM

30255 Google faces a $500 million fine for profiting from illegal pharmaceutical advertisements.

Now, when will publishers and authors get together and see if Google, Adbrite, Yahoo are liable for ignoring DMCA notices, and for placing paid ads for and for other illegal, "free e-book" sharing sites?
May 14, 2011 04:46AM

30255 Richard Curtis's blog:

If you have time, please leave a comment occasionally, or follow some of his links to more important discussions upon which he comments.
May 11, 2011 12:20AM

30255 I should like to join Lucinda Dugger in encouraging all writers to make time this week to speak out for the benefit of Congress about how e-book piracy is affecting us.

If you haven't noticed it, check out (but do not subscribe, because ... if you think about it.... why would you entrust your credit card info to Chinese/Russian pirates who make their living ripping off authors?).

This is a message from Lucinda Dugger, Director of The, shared with permission.
Dear Copyright Advocates,

Rumor has it that legislation addressing the issue of rogue sites and digital theft will be introduced this week by the Senate. If that happens, folks across the country will be speaking up in favor of or opposing the legislation. I'll keep you posted about these developments in Washington, DC as they happen. But, in the meantime, I'd like to pass along a couple ways in which you can speak up about the impact of digital theft on you and those around you.

1. Check out this new website http://www.artistsagainstdigitaltheft.... This website talks about how digital theft affects the lives of artists, creators, and those working in creative fields. It also talks about policy developments related to the issue and highlights some good articles and blogs from the artist's perspective. Finally, the website gives ideas on how you can take action in support of legislation that addresses the issues of rogue websites and digital theft.

2. Tell your Congressmen. It takes about 30 seconds to send this online letter to your elected officials. The letter basically says, 'Hey, digital theft harms all creators and also the communities you represent. Support legislation that addresses this issue.' You can sign the letter by going to the website above or just go here:

3. Get published in your local newspaper. Letters or guest columns in your local newspapers go a long way toward making your voice heard. Contact me at if you have questions or need suggestions for how to accomplish that.

Expect to hear more from me in the coming days and weeks about this issue. Until then, speak up. It's your work, your livelihood - if you don't speak up for yourself, who will?

Lucinda Dugger
Director of Outreach

May 08, 2011 08:18AM

30255 I think that it is good to get the word out about some of the scam sites.

One of the reasons that I am a copyright activist is that I am deeply offended on a moral level by the "wrongness" of copyright infringement, and the harm it does to debut- and below-mid-list authors.

Therefore, I am not about to wish harm on innocent readers who are taken in by the barrage of legitimate-seeming (but not!!!) offers of free e-books.

I'd prefer to hope that there is a deterrent effect in simply hearing the rumors that many of these "subscription" sites not only rip off the authors, but also rip off subscribers.

It makes sense that they would do so. But only if the reader is aware that the e-books being offered are being illegally shared in the first place.

How is a reader to know? Libraries legally lend e-books free. If an online site claims to be a sort of subscription library, how does a trusting person discern that it may be a scam?

Some publishers legally give away free reads. Amazon does so! (Legally, with the consent of the publishers and/or authors.)

The proverbial waters are impossibly muddied.
May 06, 2011 02:05AM

May 06, 2011 02:04AM

30255 Some of the sites that authors need not worry about, but that readers should avoid.
May 06, 2011 02:02AM

30255 Useful blog about what to do if you sign up for a scam site before you realize that it cannot be legal, and that if they are ripping off authors, they will have no compunction about ripping off credit card "subscribers".
May 06, 2011 02:01AM

30255 It is a bit of a pain to go through the process!
Apr 16, 2011 02:23AM

30255 Fascinating victim stories.
Apr 16, 2011 02:21AM

30255 From their FAQ page.
Frequently Asked Questions

* Can you tell me if a certain company or individual is legitimate?
* What is Internet fraud?
* Why was this website established?
* Is it really safe to shop online?
* What are some of the different scams that I should know about?
* How can I protect myself when using the Internet?
* What do I do if I want to report an Internet scam?
* Should I retain evidence related to my complaint?
* Do I need to be a citizen of the United States to file a complaint...
* I have been threatened over the Internet. What should I do?
* I receive several SPAM emails every day. Can I forward them...
* I am a member of the media... Whom do I contact?
* How do I get my story posted on your website?
* What is the process if I "Share My Experience?"
* How can I become a sponsor or a spotlight company on your website?
* Can I file a complaint with all agencies listed...
* How can I link to your website?
Apr 16, 2011 02:20AM


It begins...

"Software Piracy

When you purchase software, you are actually purchasing a license to use it, not the actual software. The license is what tells you how many times you can install the software, therefore it's important to read and understand it. If you make more copies of the software than the license permits, you are pirating and thus breaking the law. Whether you are casually making a few copies for friends, loaning CDs, downloading or distributing pirated software from the Internet, or buying a single software program and then installing it on multiple computers, you are committing copyright infringement — this is software piracy...."

Good stuff.
Apr 16, 2011 02:16AM

30255 Here's a new site (at least new to me) where anyone can report any type of infringement as a good citizen.

It is possible that your report might help bsa put a stop to a problem, and you might win a cash award of up to $1,000,000
Apr 08, 2011 11:57AM

30255 Currently being promoted by EBay, this auction

I should like to point out to anyone who might consider bidding that the downloading of e-books from a CD constitutes the creation of a copy that was not paid for.

The penalties for copyright infringement include fines, and even prison time.



An ebook is an electronic version of the real book. You can read these ebooks on your computer, or print them out.

Some of the authors included are;

stephen king

dean koontz

sheriylnn kenyon

katie macalister

terry goodking

jd robb/nora roberts

linda howard

stephanie plum

house of night series

anne rice

james patterson

kim harrison

anita blake

johanna lindsey

la banks

jr ward

lj smith

tom clancy

michael crichton

robert howard

and more.....

400 additional ebooks as an extra bonus

1400 total"

End of quote.

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