Will piracy destroy ebooks?
This makes me so mad! Do we want authors to stop writing because jerks are stealing their work? Gah! How does a certain very well known site that shall remain nameless get away with it? And I’m not talking about Pirate Bay.
This isn’t a post about how crappy piracy is. It’s crappy. Pirates are assholes. Bleah. This is just to ask the question: What are writers and publishers to do about these thieves?
Here is my immodest proposal: The day a book comes out, I think the publisher should upload the file to every pirate site they can find — including that site that pretends to be legit but is loaded with pirated copyrighted material.
Think I’m crazy? Here’s the twist: The pirate files should be loaded with viruses.
Instead of saying sweetly, oh, well you shouldn’t download a pirated file because there might be a virus in it, why not make sure the files are packed with viruses? Why not cause as much misery for the pirates as they do to working writers?
Don’t think of it as spreading a virus. Think of it as inoculation.