One More Way to Combat Piracy

Ah the never ending loop of sending takedown notices only to see the same sites repopulate your copyrighted materials through another user. It’s a vicious cycle and unfortunately won’t be squashed any time soon because pirate sites don’t care. So how can we further combat the problem? Let me share you something that was passed on to me.

You know that old phrase when you’re searching for something on the internet called “Just Google it”? There’s your answer.

wpid-20140807_000838.jpgFun fact: Most of the file pirate sites get their money (it takes a LOT of money to run a file sharing site) through click-through links, ad money, etc. Unless, of course, they’re distributing malware with the files which many do. That makes me all warm inside to think that people illegally downloading copyrighted material might get a little nefarious virus on their computer that could potentially crash or steal information. Karma, bitches.

So one way to choke them off is to remove the links from Google, the biggest search engine out there. Whether other search engines give you the same recourse, I have no idea. I searched on Bing and turned up nada. So, if you choke off the access points AKA searchable pages, the average person who isn’t a “file sharer” and who doesn’t know any better will have a harder time finding those files. Hard core asshole pirates won’t be deterred, unfortunately. All you can hope for is they eat a bad dose of fast food and bleed out through their ass.

Where do you go to report a link to Google? Right here —-> https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-dashboard?hl=en

File DMCA complaints through that link and make sure to include all the information.

The more people who complain about the same websites will eventually get Google’s notice, and then Google will start delisting the whole site for repetitive violations. Due diligence is a must. Tell the other authors from your publisher or social group and tell them about the sites you find. Encourage them to also hammer out a DMCA complaint via the Google link above.

Another addition to the piracy-fighting toolbox: If the site is a WordPress-hosted site (read: free), as opposed to a privately hosted WordPress site, you can file a complaint about the site here —> http://automattic.com/dmca/  A good way to tell is the link will read “http://website.wordpress.com” , much like the url for my blog. Why report it? It’s a violation to their TOS and they’ll yank it down.

Use Search engine optimization on your own website. This makes your site be the first thing that pops up when someone searches for your pen name. Make the purchase links clear and concise. Don’t make them search for a legit way of getting your book.

As always, don’t engage in a verbal spat with a scum-sucking pirate site. Just get the word out to your fellow authors, preferably in private nooks of the internet. Never directly advertise a pirate site by making a vitriol post about them. Keep their name out of it it or it’s like you’re promoting their douchebaggery.

Unexpected by J. J. Lore

This is one hot multi-author series that is blazing across the galaxy. Alien races from across the stars looking for the perfect human female to call their own.

Unexpected

By J. J. Lore

Evernight Publishing

Published 3 October 2013

Blurb: As two Alphan warriors on the fast track to promotion and improved status, Mikel and Felix of the Tauride have their future planned out. They intend to go from performing security duties for the Prince while he visits Earth to eventually earning the right to seek out their human mate and rescue her in some dramatic way, impressing her and earning her love. But a chance encounter with a lovely young woman sends them both down a markedly different path.  Shy Alisa Sorrel merely wanted to see a rose garden, then retreat back to her safe and sequestered life in the Women’s Refuge on Earth, but once she encounters two earnest and determined Alphan officers, she’s forced out of her shell and into a whole new world of passion.  Even as the bonds they share tighten and satisfy needs they’d never imagined, Alisa, Felix, and Mikel are soon faced with danger and betrayal from the machinations of humans and Alphans alike. The Alphans will have the chance to rescue their fair damsel after all, but will they make it in time?

Purchase links: Amazon | All Romance eBooks | Evernight Publishing

Bio

J. Lore needs three things; strong, black coffee, time to write, and…well…you can guess the third. When she isn’t inventing fantastical tales filled with passionate people, she’s shaking sriracha on whatever she’s eating or reading about the Justinian plague. For updates on her erotic romance releases, visit her at http://www.jjlore.com/ She’s also on Facebook, Twitter,  Goodreads, and Amazon.

How Far Would You Go?

wpid-20140405_140300.jpgIt’s a writer’s dream. A film adaptation of their book. The road isn’t an easy one. Getting noticed, for instance, is like being a tiny fish in a large ocean. Most of the time, a film audio options your baby which means you get a little bit of money but it doesn’t equal the big screen in your future.

But what if it happens? The cast is picked, the screen play is written and when you look it over … your baby has been twisted from the original. Your favorite little moment between the characters is … gone. They’ve added some quirky third character as some side kick dork. And the language that your main character uses that’s a little racy? Stripped away.

They’ve sanitized your perfect little angel.

So how far would you go?

For me, I would be taken aback if any of my stories would be optioned. They’re a bit on the naughty side so translating to film would mean a lot of adaptation. For the sake of argument, let’s say one of them gets picked up. It’s optioned and then that fat manuscript gets created to put it to the big screen. Depending on the wording in the contract, I might not have creative control and that might be the first step to the big compromise.

It’s about your brand being represented. Sure the whole ‘based on a novel by blah blah blah’ might absolve you a bit but there’s your name flashed on the screen. Tattooed on your behind like an ex-boyfriend’s name. Either way, it’s not an easy choice. Once the stars fade and reality sets in, I’d have to go with my gut. A little bit of change to make it work on that gorgeous ginormous screen and I might sell my baby to the highest bidder.

I’ll console myself with laser surgery to get rid of a pesky bad ink decision.

How would you roll?