There is nothing publishers and authors hate more than ripoff artists, and Scribd manages to remain at the top of the list – despite owner Trip Adler’s claims that he’s honest. Oh yes, he would never screw with our copyright infringement.
I knew darn well the abuses would continue and he would merrily upload books in which he has no rights to. And it appears as though I was right. I heard from two fellow publishers who discovered some of their books had been illegally uploaded to Scribd. They immediately sent them a DMCA (Digital Management Copyright Act) and are keeping their fingers crossed Scribd takes down the offending books.
But wait, it gets even better. These publishers told me that apparently the only way we can protect our books from these pirates is to upload our entire book to Scribd and register them so they can scan subsequent uploads against the database.
WTF? Why do WE have to jump through these hoops, wasting our time and labor, just to protect our work from these scum-sucking thieves? We have to take time out of our day to chase these bastards down and protect our author’s books.
Didn’t Trip insist that Scribd would be a cleaner system? Seems the only thing he’s good at is stealing books.
Please, dear authors, check these sites and make sure your books aren’t up there if you or your publisher haven’t given their permission:
ebooksx.com – EDITED TO ADD – a friend of mine tried to check this site: ebooksx.com When I check out this link I got a danger warning
confirmed malicious software or has been involved in online scams or fraud Click here: Website Blocked by Trend Micro™ Titanium™ Maximum Security
All of these thieves offer unlimited “free” downloads of PDFs with a monthly subscription fee.
Here is what one publisher had to do to get satisfaction. Her DMCA complaint letters went nowhere until she notified their ISPs, and then they took them down. The problem with this is that they can turn right around a week or two later and put them right back up, so you have to keep checking.
To locate the ISP for a site, go to http://www.whoishostingthis.com. The publisher suggests that you includ a copy of your DMCA notice to the site, and they will make sure it gets taken down. But remember, it might not stay down, so be sure to keep checking.
This is a disgusting, illegal practice, and it makes me beyond cranky to be ripped off in this manner. Please be sure to spread this post around to make people aware of these sites and make a big stink. This is money being stolen from publishers and authors.
And PLEASE, do NOT do business with these sites. They are making illegal profits.
Please read Lev Raphael’s personal story regarding Scribd here