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!