Internet pirates: Thieves or just ignorant fans?


I did a Google vanity search on my name today and was surprised to find hundreds of links. As I scrolled through some of the pages, I was even more surprised to see that several of the entries contained the text of some of my short stories — most notably a couple of Halloween stories (“Unholy Womb” and “The Halloween Feast”).

Some examples …

Somebody had pasted the entire text of “The Halloween Feast” into the official forum for the band Linkin Park. The date was Oct. 31, 2004; the board member wanted to offer a “spooky ghost story” to his online friends.

On another site, each characters’ dialogue in “Unholy Womb” was presented in a different font color. That took some time, and it sure looked gaudy.

In two cases, the links didn’t work but the URL that showed up was to public schools in the UK. In both cases, the snippet that showed up on Google contained the first lines of “Unholy Womb.”

On the one hand, I’m flattered people like the stories enough they’d want to steal them. And I’m glad they at least left my name attached. But what the hell? It’s still stealing. Are most people so ethically ignorant they don’t know that’s wrong? Do they not care? Think the author will be happy about it? What?

In the past, I’ve contacted the site administrators and asked that they take the stories down. But there were just too many this time.

In case anyone reading this doesn’t know — It is illegal to cut a story from one Web site and paste it to another. It is illegal to retype a story from a book onto a Web site.

End of rant.

Here’s to hoping some of the readers will like the stolen stuff enough to actually pay for something I’ve written.


0 responses to “Internet pirates: Thieves or just ignorant fans?”

  1. well, i think that some of them should, at least, link to your site and say something nice about your work… heck, maybe even put all of your works in their online catalog 🙂
    — end of line —

  2. well, i think that some of them should, at least, link to your site and say something nice about your work… heck, maybe even put all of your works in their online catalog 🙂
    — end of line —

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