We, at allauthor.com, a loyal bibliophile, truly believe that, like any other piracy, e-book piracy too is an awful copyright infringement and we openly and strongly condemn it.
Pens Against Piracy (PAP) is a campaign by AllAuthor to fight against e-book piracy. Any website reproducing the book should be authorized by the copyright owner; failing to do so is an infringement of the copyright. While authors work hard to write their books and get it published, these unauthorized websites pirate the e-books and make it available for downloads, some free and some with a fee– none of which goes back to the authors–in their websites. These websites rip the authors of their works and cause potential revenue losses to the author.
We, at allauthor.com, have taken up an initiative to warn you against such illegitimate sites, so that you can take an appropriate action against it.
I received your note about the pirated books websites, so I have spent this morning filling out reports and sending takedown notices. Already, one site responded that they have taken down 38 of my books! Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. It's a wonderful service of AllAuthor, and I really do appreciate it.
How does it work?
On the right-hand side of this page, there is a search bar where you can look up for your e-books available on piracy websites for unauthorized downloading.
If we had ever encountered any books under your pen name, you'll know the names of those books here.
To get the URL where the pirated e-book is found and more details about the piracy site, you have to login to your account. If you don't have an account, you can Create an Author Profile. Once
you login, you will get an option of Piracy Monitoring where you can get the website details. (This is only to prevent any sort of misuse by an outsider with the information and links provided here.)
- On a regular basis, AllAuthor will keep digging into all possible piracy websites, looking for copyright infringement of your work(s). As soon as we catch sight of your books on such websites, you'll be informed via e-mail.
How to take action against copyright infringement?
Under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), copyright infringement of e-books is condemned and you can order your copyrighted content to be taken down. The safer and effective way is to inform the Internet Service Provider (ISP) about the infringement rather than the webmaster of the offending site.
ISP is the company that provides the space to a website on the Internet and they will forward your request to the website's webmaster. ISP has the power to terminate the website hosting, if the offender doesn't take an appropriate step against the complaint.
To contact the ISP, follow the steps given below:
- To identify the web hosting provider of the offender, use the link: http://hostadvice.com/tools/whois/
- Google the name of the "host company + DMCA form". This search will lead you to the DMCA page of the hosting company where you can fill up the complaint against the offender's website.
- If you find the offending website hiding behind a CDN (Content Delivery Network) like CloudFlare, then it is difficult to find the actual hosting provider. Think CDN as a middleman between the hosting provider and the Domain name server, which doesn't reveal any details of either party.
Thankfully, Cloudflare and other similar companies offer an abuse form which will be forwarded to the hosting company and website's webmaster. Following is the URL to "Submit an Abuse Form" on CloudFlare.
- In the abuse form, select "Copyright Infringement & DMCA Violations" as an abuse type.
- Enter your full name and the name of the person who holds the copyright, and the email address.
- After entering all the address details, specify the URLs which have the pirated version of your e-books.
- In the 'Describe the original work', mention clearly the detailed description of the copyrighted material, including the proofs of the original work which can be a link to Amazon page of the book.
- Check the text box for ‘I understand and agree’, stating that the material reported is not authorized by the copyright owner and you are the copyright owner/ are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
- After entering your name in the text box for ‘Digital Signature’, check both the boxes to notify the copyright infringement to the website owner as well as the website hosting provider’.
If you encounter any problems, mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org