Piracy comes in many guises

Piracy at sea and other kinds

What do you think of when you hear the word piracy? Movies like Pirates of the Caribbean? Old-fashioned swashbuckling tales? Pirates on the ‘high seas’ still exist. I watched an eye-opening movie recently called Captain Phillips. Few of us, we hope, would be in such a position. But many other forms of piracy abound.

Piracy is also theft from…

  • Authors,
  • Music artists,
  • Software developers, to name but a few.

How often do you worry about your paycheck getting stolen? Probably not too often, because we have strong laws that deter and punish theft of money, banking systems in place to protect you and track down the thief, and law enforcement that will step in to help.”

Digital piracy

intellectual rights piracy

The victims of this kind of piracy don’t have this security and the small amount of royalties goes into the hands of the companies who do the pirating, or the pirates themselves.

  • Software piracy.
    Software piracy is the act of stealing software that is legally protected. This stealing includes copying, distributing, modifying or selling the software.
    One example…
    Hard disk loading is a type of commercial software piracy in which someone buys a legal version of the software and then reproduces, copies or installs it onto computer hard disks. The person then sells the product. This often happens at PC resale shops and buyers aren’t always aware that the additional software they are buying is illegal.
    See the last sentence – you could be a software pirate and not know it.
  • Music piracy.
    Music piracy is the copying and distributing of recordings of a piece of music for which the rights owners (composer, recording artist, or copyright-holding record company) did not give consent.
    By the way… there are many people who pirate movies too.
  • Piracy from authors.
    There are increasing numbers of sites selling pirate copies of eBooks. Most times the author doesn’t know, but even if they do there is little can be done. Book piracy is one of the issues I have written about before, but it seems to be thriving… especially during the Covid-19 lockdown.

EBook piracy

Authors don’t have this security when their royalties are siphoned off by e-book pirates.

And that is what started me on this subject. I have a Google Alert for all my books and regularly a pirate site tries to sell a copy of Hold the Faith, the first book in the Apostle John Series. Whatever site is advertising a free copy of my book, they all lead to the same sign up page. Yes, and not only sign up, but Credit Card details. The reason discussed is to make sure that it’s not a ‘bot.’ Well, other sites use various forms of Captcha software. I usually click the link to get to the page, but don’t go any further.

This week two pirate sites were caught in the net.

My concern, and why I am writing this, is that one of them went through several redirects. (I watched the address bar) It ended up at a page where a large notice almost covered an naked person. The notice warned that naked images would be shown if you clicked to go further.

Perhaps the site owners think that if you want to steal books, you might want a little porn thrown in. There is nothing I can do about this, which is why I am warning my blog readers. Beware.

Piracy can be phishing


I have written of this before, see Piracy Three Ways, and my opinion has not changed. There is no justification for stealing, but many people do not see the kind of piracy mentioned in the list as being theft. However, it is.

It is often said, “Well the company can afford it.” May I point out that it is not the company who loses most, it is the musician, or author, or software developer. All have labored long and hard to produce what they are endeavouring to sell.

Update, More pirating

Since I wrote this a couple of weeks ago I ended up in hospital with what the doctors called a ‘small’ heart attack. My oxygen level went dangerously low and the heart attack was the result. Since my discharge, in the few days this week more pirate sites sailed into my net.

The eBook version of Hold the Faith is only $2.99 on Amazon , Apple and other leading eBook sellers. Much better than entering your credit card details in a database based in the Eastern European block. (One of the links forgot to disguise the URL.) If the one offered has red on the cover, it is the ‘old version,’ and has since been updated. It should look like this…

Buyer beware, especially now when there is so much theft.

Since I wrote this a couple of weeks ago I ended up in hospital with what the doctors called a ‘small’ heart attack. My oxygen level went dangerously low and the heart attack was the result. Since my discharge, in the few days this week more pirate sites sailed into my net.

Hoping for a healthier week,

God bless you


Something else I noticed had increased… author scams.
I receive many emails from ‘companies’ saying that my book fits their criteria for publishing/has been re-assessed and they would like to publish it.

Since I haven’t submitted it (them. I have more than one book, plus the novellas) anywhere, that’s a bit clue that something is awry. Authors beware, it’s your money they are after!

Fraud alert