Very Not Gruntled

Many things to handle today. Also need a mental break because I am disgruntled.

It’s been at least 3 weeks since I made a DCMA report to the “causeofyou.net” site itself; nothing.

It’s near 2 weeks since I reported to Cloudflare, and Count Taka is still up on https://causeofyou.net/find/count-taka-and-the-vampire-brides/

I have now filed an abuse report with the hosting provider, at
abuse@contabo.de

(Noting that I already contacted Cloudflare, who have on record that they already contacted this site and told them quit it.) Grrrrr.

So. Upset, cranky, and Very Disappointed. causeofyou.net advertises itself as a site providing books for free, that were offered for free distribution, and part of their site swears they’ll take down anything that’s not supposed to be there.

I may not be able to get them to take down my book, but I can at least let people know the site is lying, and any of the books up there might be pirated. Meaning downloading them is stealing income from legitimate authors.

Like me. Independent writing doesn’t pay much and I’m really missing that bit of grocery money.

26 thoughts on “Very Not Gruntled

  1. Disclaimer: not a lawyer.

    I would think it should be a fairly open and shut case though, file suit for pirating a copyrighted work and getting compensation for the theft, in addition to creating legal precedent that the site is illegally distributing IP.

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      1. You’re defending your copyright by a paper trail, which is good. It’s also about all you can do.

        It’s very unlikely that you’re losing sales, though. Anybody who goes to that kind of site is likely to notice quickly that it’s hinky. So if they read your stuff for free there, they never really wanted to pay you for anything.

        The good news is that they aren’t using up your physical resources.

        What’s annoying is that the site owners are collecting ad money, distributing malware, or whatever, by using books like yours.

        We live in a world where Chinese companies steal dress designs from history reenactors’ photos, and then make horrible fake knockoff versions, probably in factories in concentration camps. At least there’s no Uyghur slave webmastering for you to worry about.

        At a certain point, you can’t let all this crud bother you, because you need your emotions and energy for something other than minor criminal enterprises who have bots, and time on their hands. Pray an imprecatory prayer or something, and let God sort it out.

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  2. I’m so sorry you are having to deal with this. If it makes you feel any better, I have heard this kind of thing is becoming a huge problem recently. There was an author my mom was familiar with, had been buying her books for years, and it was discovered recently that someone took one of her books, changed people names and the names of places and was selling it on Amazon.com. She had to fight for at least a year to get it removed. 🙄

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    1. I don’t know, should I put DRM on the next book? Would that even make a difference when apparently someplace like that Read Free scans the books instead?

      I’m exhausted most of the time, I’m in pain a lot of the time, I’ve been paying my bills but I can’t save anything for emergencies, and I am just… last-strawed.

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      1. I don’t think it matters one way or another. DRM is not exactly difficult to break.

        I’m not saying you should leave your door unlocked or anything… but this is nuisance crap. Make a boilerplate copy of your previous email to the other site, and just change the names, and email again as necessary.

        But don’t expect much, don’t expect timely response from a hinky site, and don’t give them a single braincell more than is necessary. They’re the same people who put slugs into vending machines and throw litter into the parking lot.

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      2. Not only would the DRM not work, it’d annoy the people who like to make backups (not trusting e-stores to continue to allow them to download their purchase) and might actually attract folks to break it, as higher value.

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      3. I understand the feeling, especially the frustration of not being able to save. Current economy is not helping at all, and you but a LOT of works into these books! I wish we could do more to help, aside from buy more books and beads from you 😉. We appreciate your work and all the effort you put in. Remember we do care about you even though we can’t be there in person. 🥰

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  3. I’m echoing Banshee, someone using that site is unlikely to be buying.

    It’s still infuriating.

    You’re going through the steps, which always takes longer than the easy’n’evil way, breath and carry on.

    If you want to vent– do you think you could write up the steps you’ve taken, and send them over to Sarah as a guest post?

    Either for her blog, or for Mad Genius, it seems like something where folks would want to know– and other authors who don’t know their stuff is up on there can start filing complaints, too.

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  4. Oh, man. That’s… I really don’t have words for that. Wish I had some advice, but all I can really say is, good luck, and I’m praying for you.

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  5. Well, I dunno how much this might be worth, but I did an ICANN lookup for that domain, and got a Phoenix address for the domain administrator. So, opening a Better Business Bureau case against them in their home state might be another direction to apply pressure from.

    1928 E. Highland Ave. Ste F104
    PMB# 255
    Phoenix AZ 85016

    See PrivacyGuardian.org
    tel:+0.3478717726

    I imagine this information is for whatever registrar service the domain owner is using, rather than the owner themselves, but a BBB complaint might spur the registrar to look into things from their end.

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  6. A little bit of good old Psalm 59:

    Deliver me from my enemies, O my God,
    protect me from those who rise up against me,
    deliver me from those who work evil,
    and save me from bloodthirsty men.

    For, lo, they lie in wait for my life;
    fierce men band themselves against me —
    for no transgression or sin of mine, O LORD,
    for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.

    Rouse Yourself, come to my help, and see!
    You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.

    …Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city.
    There they are, bellowing with their mouths, and snarling with their lips,
    for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”
    But You, O LORD, laugh at them.

    …Do not slay them, lest my people forget.

    Make them totter by Your power,
    and bring them down, O Lord, our shield!
    For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
    let them be trapped in their pride.”

    A St. Anthony of Padua prayer, of which there are tons:

    Oh Saint Anthony, patron of lost things,
    by the grace of the Lord God, you help all those in need.

    Today it has come to my attention
    that someone has stolen from me.

    Oh most holy Saint Anthony,
    help me to recover what is mine.

    ​At least pray to restore to me peace and tranquility of mind,
    the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss.

    After this favor, I ask another of you: to pray that I may always remain in possession
    of the true good, my greatest treasure, Who is God.

    Please pray that He touch the heart of the thief, so that he will repent and steal no more,
    and restore what he has taken.

    In Christ Our Lord, Amen.

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  7. 1 Nephi 11:16-17
    And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God?
    And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.

    Alma 7:12-13
    And he shall go forth, suffering pains and aafflictions and btemptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will ctake upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
    And he will take upon him death, that he may bloose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to csuccor his people according to their infirmities.

    He suffered what you suffer so that He would know how to lift you up. He may not remove the burden, but He will give you strength, comfort, and hope.
    —Henry B. Eyring

    You are being nourished and comforted by a loving Savior, who knows how to succor you in whatever tests you face.
    —Henry B. Eyring

    When sore trials come upon us, it’s time to deepen our faith in God, to work hard, and to serve others. Then He will heal our broken hearts. He will bestow upon us personal peace and comfort.
    —Russell M. Nelson

    Christianity is comforting, but it is often not comfortable.
    —Jeffrey R. Holland

    3 Nephi 22:11
    O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted! Behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.

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    1. I’m so sorry this is happening to you. I really like all of your stories, whether fanfiction or published. You are the one author who I have checked daily/weekly since 2000. Will be getting any book you write.

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