This is a topic of concern to all of us--readers, writers, booksellers, etc. It must be shared if we want new books to read--and I do!
I'm proud of Romance Writers of America for taking a stand. Brava!
Please help us fight online book theft. Scanning, uploading, sharing books without the specific consent of the copyright owner--that means the AUTHOR, in most cases--is blatantly illegal. When a book is published, the author grants the publisher specific rights to publish. Those are limited to certain markets and formats. When an individual or company makes an illegal copy and shares it with the world--Torrent or whatever--that person and that company are both committing a crime. Furthermore, every individual who downloads and/or uploads and/or shares that illegal copy is also committing a crime.
Most people I know would never consider buying or selling a stolen car. Yet many don't think twice about downloading or uploading stolen books, music, software, or movies on the Internet.
It's all stolen property, whether it's a Rolls Royce or a Romance Novel. Stolen is stolen...
Most authors can't afford to work for free. Can you? How would you feel if you went to work every day, did a good job, and found out a lot of your hours were for naught? They were "stolen" by individuals who believed they had a right to your time and effort simply because it was there and they could...?
Think about it.
If you want your favorite authors to keep writing, please help stop this madness. Thank you.