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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Steal Everything

By A.J. Llewellyn

People say I should stop talking about Internet theft. But I'm betting those people aren't finding each and every book they have out being stolen left and right. I read message boards that boggle my mind.
Internet thieves who steal music and books admit they are doing wrong. They admit a smidgin of sympathy for the artists and authors involved. Their logic seems to be that our publishers are ripping us off with royalties, so why shouldn't they rip us off too?
It makes me wonder what would they do if they drove down the street and watched a robbery in progress? Would they:
a) drive by and do nothing
b) turn the corner and call the cops and report a crime or
c) zoom into the driveway and help themselves to stuff hey, where's the sofa at?
My friend and co-author Stephani Hecht sent me a Youtube vid last night that says it all much better than I could.
I present to you, a PSA from Kid Rock:

Aloha oe,



Chris J. said...

I agree that an author works hard and should get credit and the money for their talent. Ripping an authors stories off is wrong and very hurtful. We would like to think that would not happen in todays world but unfortuneately it is.
Very interesting interview with Kid and what is up with the Steal everything clip??
Have a Great day.

Tara W said...

The Kid Rock clip puts everything in the proper perspective and makes total sense. Stealing is stealing- point blank. The internet is a blessing and curse all rolled into one. You stop the illegal downloads and sales in one place and the next day another site pops up. I wonder will it ever be stopped?

Erin Sinclair said...

I think my idea about serving the domain providers a court order to stop giving piracy sites an internet presence would be effective to a certain degree. Granted you may not be able to stop them all, but at least they will know how seriously the creative industry is taking this problem. Just because it will always be around doesn't mean you turn a blind eye. That's exactly what criminals bank on, apathy.

Now to find a federal judge with the cajones to issue it.

Erin Sinclair
"For love that's out of this world!"

AJ Llewellyn said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. I laughed when Stephani sent me the Kid Rock clip. We are both persistent victims of Internet thieves. The big difference between me and Kid however is that he's a millionaire. I alas, am not.

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