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I just downloaded Moon Reader Pro to my Google Nexus 7 and it wasn't long before I found a link to books marked TUEBL. This stands for The Ultimate E-Book Library, but I didn't know that at the time. Within a few seconds I managed to download: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight, and half a dozen other copyrighted titles. Heck, I wasn't even trying to find or pirate these books. After a dozen more seconds my initial amusement quickly faded. After all, I write books. What if this was my book up there being pirated for free? Anyway, I immediately deleted Moon Reader along with the books from my device.
A quick internet search turned up a host of interesting things about this e-book pirating site. Basically, they figure what they're doing is making the internet 'free' and that it isn't criminal. They also claim to be Canadian which only makes me ashamed. Our copyright laws are just as stringent as those of the United States and if they're using this to hide or gain some kind of diplomatic immunity, I hope the Canadian Government quickly does the right thing.
Yes, I know it's ridiculously easy to pirate: movies, books, games, music, and what have you. Does this make it right? I don't know. I do know that if it was my book being pirated I wouldn't be happy. I ask you this: 1. If it was your book you'd spent 10 years writing and you were getting it ripped off, how would you feel? 2. I dare the people in charge of this site to write out, by hand with pen, every book they're trying to give away for free. If they still feel like giving them away for free after that, so be it.
Okay, maybe I'm being a little over-the-top here. It's a funny site. I guess I just found the blatant lack of apology by the site administrators doubly annoying.
Do I know a way to stop these guys apart from costly/time consuming legal action? No. However, if anyone has any comments on the issue, pro or con, I'd love to hear them.
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