Updated: Jan 25
There's been a lot of talk about book piracy lately. It's a topic that resurfaces from time to time, as newer authors or bigger authors discover that it's happened to them and turn to the internet to ask why it's happened and how to stop it.
Piracy of entertainment will unfortunately never be completely stopped. There are valid reasons people pirate entertainment, and there's not so valid reasons. We're not going to talk about any of those reasons.
Instead, we're going to talk about what author's can do WHEN (not if) your book shows up on a pirating site. This is not a post that will condemn or praise piracy. This is an informative post that will go through US copyright laws, DMCA protections, and where to go to send takedown requests if you want.
This is a complilation of my own research and time. My sources are documented in links where relevant, and if you have questions, please feel free to email me.
Disclaimers and Notes Before We Start
I want to make it clear that you will have your book pirated. It happens to all authors, so understanding the process going into publishing will help. It's emotional, it hurts, and take the time to process your feelings about it, but understand you're not alone, and you do have some recourse. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to work through it.
This post will be especially important if your ebook is enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, which requires exclusivity. Amazon is staunchly protective of this and will actively seek out your book on other sites and inform you that you're breaking the terms of your KDP Select contract.