The Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA is an author’s best friend when it comes to the never ending battle against book piracy. A threat to every author’s income, it seems like just when you get one taken down, a new one pops up in its place. It’s hard to fight the perceptions of entitlement of some readers but what makes matters worse are lax attitudes toward copyrights and intellectual property left overseas. Catching book pirates, let alone prosecuting them, is a long and difficult process.
But with the DMCA, authors can find tools to assist them with protecting themselves and their property. Author Guy Anthony DeMarco, a member of Horror Writer’s Association’s Web Team has written a quick guide to getting pirate sites featuring your books removed from site searches, making them difficult to find. Google, Yahoo and Bing are included, with helpful images and easy step-by-step instructions to take matters into your own hands and fight back.
For DeMarco’s handy author’s guide, click here. http://guyanthonydemarco.com/2012/08/using-the-digital-millennium-copyright-act/
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like SFSignal, Adventures In SF Publishing, Grasping For The Wind and To Be Read, he also hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on Twitter and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at www.bryanthomasschmidt.net/blog. Connect With Bryan On Google+