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.