Dealing with Piracy Problems

June 2010
by Tad Crawford, Joe Donnini, and Nancy Seifer

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Allworth Press, the company I founded more than 20 years ago, publishes many books for graphic designers and creative professionals in related fields. Recently I’ve received a number of emails from upset and worried authors who have found their books available free on the Internet. Pirated titles include Emotional Branding: The New Paradigm for Connecting Brands to People, How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, and Design Disasters.

Trying to Stop It

Pirating in the digital era has none of the swashbuckling glamour of olden times when the Jolly Roger made the innocent tremble with fear for their lives and their property. Today, nameless people who may be near or remote are scanning books and making those unauthorized versions available through peer-to-peer file-sharing sites online.

To stop this infringement, publishers have to send notices to Web sites, telling the owners to take down the offending work. If a site won’t take it down, the publisher can also send a take-down notice to the site’s Internet service provider (ISP). If the ISP won’t comply, expensive litigation may ensue.
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