Having a good day. The weather has decided to give me a birthday present and is the epitome of autumn. A light mist, a slight drizzle, warm for the time of year (16 degrees C) and the colours are glorious. To treat myself, I drove 10 miles to the McDonalds and had a double sausage egg mcmuffin – and later I have raspberry cheesecake. One thing a birthday should always include is cake.
I had the best ecard EVER from ZA Maxfield (Thank you dear!) and I’m sharing it with you, I was crying laughing when reading it.
What a birthday shouldn’t include though is accusations of e-piracy, talking of sharing…. I had this charming missive waiting for me (emailed 3 times) from Love You Divine regarding a recent review of one of their books on Speak Its Name.
As the Publisher of loveyoudivine Alterotica, this post concerns me greatly. Since neither myself nor the author requested a review for this title from you, and you plainly state that you acquired this copy for free, we consider this Ebook Piracy.
We take Ebook Piracy very seriously, and so do our friends at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, otherwise known as the FBI in the United States of America. I’m also quite concerned that Erastes believes that this is a petty matter and that a ‘fits all’ disclaimer can dissuade me from my sworn responsibility to protect the company’s assets, as well as those of my authors.
The very morning, I have printed this Weblog page and sent a copy to our contact at the FBI via registered mail. I suspect other authors you review will be equally interested as the FBI in what appears to be your flagrant disregard for their copyrights, also.
What annoys me is that publisher got the entirely wrong end of the stick, and reported me to the FBI(!) (how long will they take to get here, do you think? Will I have time to finish my cheesecake?) without discussing the matter with me first. The disclaimer clearly says that if I haven’t received a free copy for review from the author or publisher, then I either BOUGHT IT or got it from the library. Sheesh. I replied, as politely as I could, explaining this, and explained that when I buy an ebook – of COURSE I have to pass it on to the reviewer, but I am a bloody professional after all—with a history of fighting piracy—and I don’t read the book concerned, and I delete the file from my PC. I can’t do more than that, can I?
How else does she expect me to pass books to reviewers?
Anyway, if I disappear off the face of the earth, you know where I am. Forward any further pressies to Guantanamo Bay.© Copyright 2009 Erastes, All rights Reserved. Written For: Erastes