Thursday, August 18, 2016

Clickbank Merchants = Theft Victims

Software piracy accounted for over $24 BILLION dollars in lost revenue over the last two years*. Some of that was your money! Continue doing nothing and you'll lose more money this year.

Why do Clickbank merchants put up with this? Their products are being stolen instead of bought. When Clickbank merchants sell their downloadable products, even when they use some download protection script ool, the end product itself is being easily and freely distributed. This confirms that people want the software, they just don't want to pay for it if they don't have to. 70% of them won't if they can get it for free*.

Here's the scenario virtually all Clickbank merchants are in right now. The Clickbank system requires every merchant to upload their digital products (e-books or software) to their web server and create a download page, or "Thank-You" page in order to automate the entire order process. Merchants then set up a sales link to sell access to download their products. The customer places an order via the sales link then is sent through Clickbank to the download page automatically. This download page has the link to download the actual product. That's what's supposed to happen. But what is really happening?

The uploaded product is easily downloaded for free by potential customers that have found a "back door". A "back door" either by locating the download page without paying, or getting a copy of the product from elsewhere via email, newsgroups, forums, eBay, whatever. For every ten e-books downloaded, 4 of those are stolen *. These are lost sales and income forgone. And merchants have no idea who is downloading their product, or what happens after it's downloaded. They lose total control of its distribution. Some thieves even go so far as to sell stolen software and e-books as their own for a greatly reduced price.

Getting free software from Clickbank merchants is not very hard to do at all. All thieves have to do is find someone that has a copy of the merchant's product and get them to provide the download location. Or, simply get them to right-click, copy, and paste the file in an email. Bing bang boom - software piracy. Then that friend sends copies to his friends, who sends copies to his family, who share it with their friends...BIG PROBLEM. The more popular the product the more it is being stolen.

But this is only the first big problem for Clickbank merchants when it comes to protecting their product. Something many people don't know about Clickbank is that they promptly and without hesitation honor each and every refund request, no questions asked. EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT OFFERED IN THE CLICKBANK MARKETPLACE CAN BE DOWNLOADED ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE. How? By simply paying for any product and sending an email to Clickbank for a refund. There's no need to explain anything, just that you'd like a refund. You'll get your refund right away and guess what, you get to keep the product, for free. There is no requirement to return the product like with a traditional refund, since there's no way to be sure the product was really deleted. Imagine the absolute uproar brick-and-mortar merchants would be in if customers were allowed 100% unconditional refunds on request, and the customer gets to keep the shirt, pants, DVD , or whatever? They wouldn't be in business very long, that's for sure.

So how are Clickbank merchants supposed to stay afloat? The only reason they are able to is because some people don't know how easy it is to get online products for free, so these people actually pay for the product. Within this system it's pure luck that anyone actually pays for the product.

Some conscientious merchants claim, "I'm safe, I protect my download location with a third-party tool that creates my download location on the fly." This is a false sense of security. Basically this protection method simply hides the download location, but the product is still just as susceptible to being freely distributed after the download. And it can still be kept if a refund is issued. This is equivalent to the banks simply hiding all the money instead of putting it in the bank vault.

The only real way to stop thieves and freebie-seekers is to protect the product itself with unique identifiers and access codes for each customer. Until more merchants become wise to this one simple truth rampant software piracy will continue to plague Clickbank merchants and the rest of the software community.


*average 40% worldwide software piracy rate for 2001 & 2002, and dollar losses totalling $24.05 billionPsychology Articles, based on intensive studies by the Business Software Alliance http://www.bsa.org .

 
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Should We Protect Our Creative Stuff?

The ... are getting louder and the possible ... many and some ... are filled with ... Question being asked? How do we protect our ... from things such as piracy.

The Questions are getting louder and the possible solutions are many and some solutions are filled with venom.

The Question being asked? How do we protect our creative rights from things such as piracy, and copyright infringements appearing in many creative forms? This question keeps popping up in regard to more simple things as writing books to more technological factors of entertainment and the like.

Consider this:

A. As long as the assumption is made, that we must *protect* ourselves from others, then we will continue to attract situations where we need to protect ourselves from others.

B. Basically, this is about about money and fear in general.

C. Therefore the assumption is then also made, that we can not make money if people steal our stuff. Therefore......it makes it a truth. The *truth* being now, we can not make money & more money, if people steal our stuff.

D. That therefore makes the assumption that the Universe is limited in its delivery of things that makes us happy, and brings us success and wonderful lifestyles and livelihoods, while we are doing/being what we are passionate about and love.

E. The crux appears to be from the creative side, projecting intellectual property vs the technological side and all of its innovations. These technological innovations seem to be where the *bad guys* show up, leaving attorneys to try and figure it out and pass more laws protecting *us* from one
another.

F. As long as we continue with the perspective that we must protect ourselves from one another, then it will remain the circle of protection. We are assuming that the *bad guys* are going to take our money and our ideas, which then equate to money. This therefore stifles our creativity and the line of
limitation becomes a Wall, protecting us from more, creativity.

It's about *fear*. Fear of loss of something; fear of losing money, fear of *not getting proper credit for an idea* (sorry but I'm not running my life based on the so labeled *bad
guys*)

G. As we as a humanity teach ourselves to honor one another, without judging behaviors....which also constricts the flow of good stuff coming to us........and to...... honor that invisible space in front of our face and how it really works, and how we can mold it to design our lives..... THEN....we won't care
anymore about protecting ourselves. We would have moved our *energy* higher, to where anything that dis-honors another person, won't show up. There will no longer be the dense energy to hold it, it will fall away of its own weight.

H. The folks that feel they need to steal someone's stuff in order to make money, are operating under lack/dense energy and will attract more of the same. (they are thinking they can
not make money unless they steal someone's stuff).

Call it the law of attraction, coincidence, or reciprocation. The point is, is that it works, it works for us on an individual basis as well as business, commerce and international relations.

I. If we want to stop having this protection issue, then we need to stop giving it so much dang attention, and then yes it will just go away. (can you believe I even *said* that?
yep.....it's the truth, it's the way energy works, we have taught ourselves completely opposite that, and that is why we *think* not *feel*, that we have to protect ourselves; we get
what we focus on.......... plain and simple, no judgement in how it works for us or *against* us, it simply works that way based on how energy/consciousness/spirit/god/universe works.)

J. Everything.....Every THING......is about energy under-standing the mechanics of how it works. As long as we operate under the guise of human logic and intellect only, we will always live in fear or lack.

K. It is not the way things really are....but it's the way many have set them up to be, in order to protect us from the other guy, and there is lots of money to be made in the business of protection of others.

L. I know too much about how things really work, that I no longer operate any part of my life that way. I can only do that for myself and am not responsible for the choices that others make. But what I do know, is that it is changing.

M. Pollyanna approach? you betcha......Heaven on Earth approach? You betcha. It's going to snag us by the pants one day, and surprisingly we will still be very happy, and we will still create wonderful sweet money, in huge amounts; but what we will also do is take the love/hate relationship away
form the money arena and it will flow to everything and everyone, in ease. Why? Because that's the way things work.

But there we go, we will grab it, and have to constrict things, by protecting ourselves. (contradicts everything we say we want!).

Saturday, August 6, 2016

No Stopping Online Music Piracy

Despite success in suing people who download music illegally and in reaching deals with personal networking sites like YouTube, the music industry is still bleeding millions of dollars in sales to online piracy.

It is a major issue for an industry that is desperately trying to boost revenue from legal downloads to make up for falling sales of Compact Discs, which declined 23 per cent globally between 2000 to 2006.

To get an idea of the size of the problem, Eric Garland of Web consultants Big Champagne estimates that more than 1 billion digital tracks are illegally traded for free each month. By comparison, Apple Inc.'s iTunes Music Store, which has more than 70 per cent of legal digital music sales in the United States, has sold only a bit more than 2 billion songs since its launch in 2003.

The problem is so-called peer to peer (P2P) networks such as Gnutella and BitTorrent that link millions of personal computers and allow anonymous users to exchange digital music files for free over the Internet. Since the music industry started winning lawsuits against individuals in the last few years, the growth in the number of people using illegal file-sharing software has slowed significantly, but nonetheless it is still growing.

Russ Crupnick, an analyst at consumer research group NPD, said the number of U.S. house holds engaged in P2P over the last year rose 7 per cent, while the number of illegal downloads were up by 24 per cent. "P2P remains an unacceptable problem," said Mitch Bainwol, president of the Recording Industry Association of America. "The folks engaged in the practice are doing more of it.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) succeeded in closing some companies behind file-swapping, such as Grokster and KaZaa starting in 2005. But shutting down the companies that marketed the applications does not always kill the network. "If you've got the software you can still file-share. The rulings just means you can't distribute it anymore," said Wayne Rosso, a former chief executive of Grokster.

Five facts about digital downloading

• Sales of compact discs have fallen by more than 23 per cent between 2000 and 2006 according to the global music trade body IFPI.

• Napster was the first major peer-to-peer file sharing network. It was founded by Shawn Fanning in 1999 and shut down after legal action by the music industry in 2001.

• The Recording Industry Association of America has successfully shuttered or reached agreements with BearShare, eDonkey, Grokster and Kazaa since 2005.

• Apple's iTunes Music Store is the world's biggest digital music outlet and has sold more than 2 billion songs since its 2003 launch.

• More than 1 billion songs are swapped for free every month on file swapping networksFree Articles, according to Web consultants Big Champagne.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Online Piracy

Online piracy has developed along with technological advancements. The increasing broadband speed available to home user at low price and the development of new software had brought online downloading to a whole new level of high speed and superb quality.

As we all knew that internet piracy had grow enormously from the past few years, this trend had to be stopped and people have to be aware that pirating online or downloading pirated files online is an offence. We as a member of a law abiding society understand the concept that we cannot steal people’s property. Most of us would not steal, intend to steal and will generally be honest and not appropriating things that do not belong to us; when we need something, we buy. 

However, most of us seem unable to apply this ideology when we get connected online. We download without paying, utilizing software without purchasing, and generally think that we will not get caught by doing so. The lack of public awareness in internet piracy was one of the crucial elements which stimulate such act. 

By contrasting the degree of public awareness with the growth of online piracy, we can tell that there are still a lot to catch up in order to control and to eliminate it. According to online Oxford English Dictionary “piracy” means “the unauthorized use or reproduction of another’s work.” Piracy is an offence of dishonesty which often involves deception. While adding the word “online” or “internet” in front, “online/internet piracy” would means the unauthorized use or reproduction of another’s copyrighted work through internet. 

Before any p2p software is available on the internet, internet user had already making piracy copies. This is a factual statement that every internet user would agree. The booming culture of “Net Surfing” at the end of last century had caused the internet to develop with its fastest pace and for those with business mind; internet became a source of money income. 

By supplying free music download to visitors who visit their websites, web hoster’s make money by each “hit” from the viewers; on the other handScience Articles, musical downloads slowly took place in a large scale format. 

Does Piracy Exist in The e-Book Industry?

Piracy has long been a problem for anything to do with the internet and digital age. Find out how this has affected the eBook Industry.

Freebie seekers are everywhere and no industry on the internet can avoid it.However can internet piracy be a cause for worry for the eBook Industry? The answer is yes, eBook piracy is as old as any other type of piracy on the internet.But of course it depends on what you define as an eBook in this case.

Throughout the years Internet Marketers have published countless eBooks on various topics, even digital products and home study courses that have been pirated and distributed freely on various underground forums that specialize in distributing pirated material such as software, eBooks and web design templates. After the make money online niche, the second most pirated eBooks are Erotic eBooks, or porn like digital copies of the Playboy magazine, as well as various adults only comics and other publications in this genre.

But there is a huge gap when it comes to piracy of main stream eBooks.If you are a fan of Romance Novels then you already know that the internet is flooded with romance books, many of them are for sale in the public domain while some are pirated.However, most of these pirated books are from the 1990s or the early 2000s and are nothing but scanned copies of the original novels.This was before the coming of the self-published eBook era as we know it today.

Many eBooks are now protected with copyrights and various DRM (Digital Rights Management) systems, yet once in a while a few pirated eBooks can be seen floating around.Nowadays the only legal way to get hold of Romance Books Online is via major retailers as more people have e-readers and digital apps than ever before.Other than informational products, novels and fictional books are not the most highly demanded type of content online.

This is the reason why the eBook novel industry has not seen that much piracy.But this might not be the case in the near future as the demand for eBook novels grows.There are still a few valid reasons why widespread piracy of eBook based novels will most likely never exist.This prediction is based on the low price of novels as low as 99 cents and the fact that many of them are sold through major online retailers which put measures in place to combat piracy.It is basically their low price which serves as a deterrent to piracy.

DRM technologies are not infallible and there are numerous ways to circumvent them.But consider this: which type of eBook is more likely to be cracked and released on an underground forum: a $499.95 online marketing course, or a $2.99 romance novel? As long as prices are kept relatively low, most people will simply see no point in searching for pirated content and will go to the legitimate sites instead. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carmella Borcher is the author of this article and is an avid fan of romance novels - particularly erotic books and e-books.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Piracy Concerns Rise In Online Book Market

Online books have gained a lot of popularity in the past 2 years. But as an unintended consequence of this popularity, piracy of eBooks has also risen.

Electronic editions of books have been available online for quite a while now, with the first ones appearing around 1994, when the internet was just starting to be used by individuals rather than scientists and business people. Over the years, they have become much more popular, when increased use of the PDF format came into existence and then with the launch of e-reader devices such as the Amazon Kindle.

People can now purchase and download millions of books in electronic format, such as romance books. However, the growing popularity of online books has also meant that they are increasingly appearing on piracy websites such as torrent sites. A recent report by Actua Litte shed some light on the eBook piracy phenomenon. It may not come as much of a surprise that out of the top ten pirated eBooks shared on torrent websites, 5 of them are erotic books.

The Kama Sutra is in first place. This is not really surprising, as erotic content has always been among the top for pirated materials online. But the question that remains is, what can online publishers of erotic books do to reduce piracy and increase legitimate sales?There are a few things that can help. The first thing would be to price the eBooks in a sensible way.

Many online books are available at low prices under $5, however some are more expensive and could cost more than $50. The lower the price, the less likely someone is going to deploy the additional effort required to dig through underground forums and torrent sites in an effort to get the book for free. Offering multiple payment options is also recommended. Some online users may not have access to a credit card or wouldnt want to use theirs to buy erotic material, so offering payment by an electronic wallet system such as PayPal or Moneybookers could be a solution.

Since eBooks typically cost only a few dollars, mobile phone micropayment systems are also a good choice for billing.For membership sites, it is advisable to steer clear of deceptive billing practices such as offering free access to your website for 2 days and then billing the user a large amount such as $49.99 per month if they dont cancel before the time runs out. These practices have given the adult industry a bad reputation among some users and are some of the reasons as to why many users are unwilling to use their credit card online for erotic material and turn to underground piracy sites instead.

Lastly, it is always a good idea for a publisher to include a link to their website as well as an advertisement on the last page of the eBook encouraging the user to visit it for more eBooks. Even if someone has a pirate copy of one of your books, they may be drawn to visit your website and then purchase another book if they like your selection and it is well priced.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carmella Borcher is the author of this article and is an avid fan of romance novels - particularly erotic books and erotic ebooks.

Ideas to Reduce Piracy in the eBook Marketplace

Piracy is a topic that has been in the news lately. However, it doesn't only affect video files. Here is how online sellers of eBooks can protect themselves.
 
The ongoing debate about SOPA in the United States, as well as the recent shutdown of the Megaupload file sharing service has been an important news element in the past few days.Many copyright holders are hoping that the government will take actions to reduce piracy in the future in order to prevent losses from unauthorized sharing of their materials.However, according to a recent Market Watch report, businesses who sell content online shouldnt rely on the government to protect their works, but rather should take action themselves to make piracy more difficult.

One of the industries that most affected by online piracy is the adult content industry.But piracy doesnt only affect sites that host picture galleries and videos.Erotic Books, especially those in comic book format, are among the most pirated types of eBooks on the internet.A few ways are available for authors and publishers to reduce the number of their eBooks that are shared online without authorization.Making some free content available is one of the ways.

Offering sample chapters of adult romance books available to the reader, or even an entire book from your collection could encourage readers to buy the eBooks from your site if they find the content to be interesting and to their taste.This is because one of the reasons why people pirate content is the feeling that they dont want to pay for materials that they dont know whether they will like.Having a satisfaction guarantee where buyers can request a refund if they dont like a book that theyve purchased can also work well in that case.

Having low prices and bonus offers can also encourage more legitimate purchases of eBooks.This could come in the form of a rewards program where buyers would get a free eBook after purchasing a certain amount of books.If you operate a membership type website, make sure that it is updated often with new content, that way members would be more likely to retain their membership for a longer time as they expect new and interesting books to be added in the future.

Implementing a digital watermarking solution on eBooks is seen as a great way to reduce the number of eBooks that are uploaded to file sharing sites, torrents or forums.This watermark could contain identifiers, both hidden and overt inside the PDF file of the eBook and is added by the server when a book is purchased and downloaded. While it will not prevent the book from being shared by the user with a few friends, it will dissuade those who upload them to sharing sites, as they can be traced back to the person who initially made the purchase.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Music Piracy and the New Musician

Today’s click-and-download technology presents a greater threat to the music recording industry than all other past music-delivery technologies combined.

Music piracy exists in 3 different planes:
  •     Illegally mass-manufactured pirate music CDs
  •     Illegal copies of legitimately purchased music CDs
  •     Illegally downloaded digital copies of recorded music

A recent research study on the economic impact of music piracy (Institute for Policy Innovation, August 2007) paints a grim picture. The impact of music piracy to the U.S. economy is estimated at U.S. $12.5 billion annually. It is estimated that 71,060 jobs are lost or at risk due to the economic impact of piracy and the lost growth opportunities account for 26,860 jobs that would have otherwise been created in the recording industry. Even the U.S. government is affected by piracy with an estimated loss of $422 million in tax revenues from lost personal and corporate income due to piracy.

Of course, these figures are based upon the assumption that sales of recorded music on CD would have held constant, or increased, from year to year. The truth is, however, that CD sales are on the decline as MP3 players and other digital technology make the need for music on physical media obsolete.

In addition to falling CD sales, half of America’s independent record stores closed between 2003 and 2005. (NY Post). One of the largest international chains of recorded music sellers, Tower Records, closed its doors forever on December 22, 2006.

Want to see how prevalent music piracy really is? Here’s a real-time counter that shows the number of illegal music files downloaded around the world every second.

When the average person thinks of music piracy, he or she usually thinks of unauthorized sharing of downloaded or recorded music between small groups of friends. And while those numbers do contribute to the music industry’s losses, the biggest losses occur from the sale of pirated music that is burned onto CD-R disks by the thousands in small commercial laboratories by professional music pirates.

The costs of music piracy are staggering not only for the high profile superstars but for the new musicians as well. It is important for every musician and band member to understand the nature of music piracy and learn how to combat this problem. Know your rightsScience Articles, and learn about the technology that exists that can protect you and your intellectual property (music) from piracy.

Friday, July 22, 2016

What is Software Piracy

What is software piracy?
There are several kinds of software piracy. The bottom line is when software is pirated, the developer does not receive compensation for their work.

Effects of Software Piracy
When software is pirated, consumers, software developers, and resellers are harmed. Software piracy increases the risk consumer's computers will be corrupted by defective software and infected with viruses. Those who provide defective and illegal software do not tend to provide sales and technical support. Pirated software usually has inadequate documentation, which prevents consumers from enjoying the full benefits of the software package. In addition, consumers are unable to take advantage of technical support and product upgrades, which are typically available to legitimate registered users of the software. Pirated software can cost consumers lost time and more money.

Developers lose revenue from pirated software, from current products as well as from future programs. When software is sold most developers invest a portion of the revenue into future development and better software packages. When software is pirated, software developers lose revenue from the sale of their products, which hinders development of new software and stifles the growth of the software company.

Kinds of Piracy
 
End User Piracy -
Using multiple copies of a single software package on several different systems or distributing registered or licensed copies of software to others. Another common form of end user piracy is when a cracked version of the software is used. Hacking into the software and disabling the copy protection, or illegally generating key codes that unlocks the trial version making the software a registered version creates a cracked version.

Reseller Piracy -
Reseller piracy occurs when an unscrupulous reseller distributes multiple copies of a single software package to different customers; this includes preloading systems with software without providing original manuals & diskettes. Reseller piracy also occurs when resellers knowingly sell counterfeit versions of software to unsuspecting customers.

Indications of reseller piracy are multiple users with the same serial number, lack of original documentation or an incomplete set, and non-matching documentation.

Trademark/Trade Name Infringement
Infringement occurs when an individual or dealer claims to be authorized either as a technician, support provider or resellerFind Article, or is improperly using a trademark or trade name.

BBS/Internet Piracy -
BBS/ Internet Piracy occurs when there is an electronic transfer of copyrighted software. If system operators and/or users upload or download copyrighted software and materials onto or from bulletin boards or the Internet for others to copy and use without the proper license. Often hackers will distribute or sell the hacked software or cracked keys. The developer does not receive any money for the software the hacker distributed. This is an infringement on the developer's copyright.

Another technique used by software pirates is to illegally obtain a registered copy of software. Pirates purchase the software once and use it on multiple computers. Purchasing software with a stolen credit card is another form of software piracy. Unfortunately there are many kinds of software piracy that has hampered the software industry.

These types of software piracy have hampered the software industry. For the software industry to prosper and further develop useful software for consumers please support and pay for software. This results in better software for all.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Stop Online Piracy Act and the Video Game Industry

Online piracy has indeed become a severe problem. This illegal activity has grown out of proportions and despite numerous anti online piracy or cyber piracy laws, rules and regulations, continues to grow unabated.

Online piracy has indeed become a severe problem. This illegal activity has grown out of proportions and despite numerous anti online piracy or cyber piracy laws, rules and regulations, continues to grow unabated. The recent surge of multiplayer online games on the world gaming scene that enables thousands of players from all across the world to indulge in online gaming activity has further created a lacuna that hackers and online pirates can make use of. Truth is loopholes are constantly being compromised and the privacy of millions of players is at stake.

You would be wondering how piracy can affect multiplayer online games. Well, to begin with, these games are played by millions of gamers from all around the world at the same time on a common platform. This is a great place to prompt interactions between gaming communities. Players also indulge in discussing their gaming accounts, their achievements and other details on social networking platforms. All these activities create a big scope for hackers and online pirates to hack players’ account information and misuse their personal details. In the case of the most popular massively multiplayer online role playing game, the practice of farming wow gold has also scaled up beyond imagination. A number of illegal companies are farming wow gold and selling them to players at prices that are way below the actual and genuine market rates. This has also led to the growth of piracy. It is just like buying original software and a pirated one. After all, why would players spend a lot of money on original stuff when they can get cheap replicas that function equally well at less than half the price!

The plague of online piracy has completely taken over the world of online strategy games and even the most honest players are tempted to indulge in the act once in a while. This is a major concern for companies that manufacture and sell these online RPG games and gaming software and is incurring them a lot of monetary loss.

If you are a genuine fan of multiplayer online games and appreciate the hard work and creativity that goes into designing and creating these highly exciting online ROG games, it is a genuine request to stop online games and video games piracy. It is not just an unethical task but also punishable by law.

Why plunge into trouble to save just a few extra bucks? To avoid disastrous repercussions later, stop being a part of multiplayer online games piracy right away!