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How is pirating books more wrong than buying used books?

Author : A-Theist

Submitted : 2017-07-31 00:05:53    Popularity:     

Tags: books  pirating  buying  wrong  

Update: In either case, the publisher only gets paid once. Update 2: Unless the publisher was hacked, the free books were purchased by someone at some point.

Answers:

As an author, I want to kill people who buy pirated books, and I don't want to kill people who buy used books of mine. The ones who originally pirated the files and benefit from my decades of hard work while I get nothing? I want to tie them down and pour gasoline on their penises and flick my Bic. I think I just might have an orgasm listening to them scream.

And, as authors go, I'm a pretty calm one on the topic.

A used book is a physical object. One person purchased it and then gave it away or sold it. An ebook isn't physical. Even if someone purchased one copy, more than that one copy gets distributed. One copy on a pirate site can be downloaded thousands or millions of times.

I see you have a great career ahead of you, annoying your cellmate at Alcatraz with bizarre theories about why robbing banks and killing people isn't actually immoral if you do it while wearing a clown suit.

Oh, you mean e-books, like pirating music? That's stealing. When someone buys a book, then resells it, they are merely selling an item they own. Pirating means no one has paid for the item...it was just taken...or STOLEN.

Author and publisher never get paid for pirated books and it's theft. Author and publisher was already paid when its book gets resold. If everyone pirated books there wouldn't be any books because authors and publishers don't write and publish for nothing.

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Pirating a book
- deprives the author or copyright owner of payment for their work
- deprives the publisher and printer of payment for their services

Buying a used book
- the book has already been purchased
- so author, copyright owner, printer and publisher have all already received payment for their services in the production of that particular book

Because a used book when it was originally bought made a profit for it's writer and publisher when a pirated book doesn't.

Because your stealing from their pockets. All their hard work is rendered useless. They won't be able to eat, sleep, or pay the bills and guess what happens after that. No more books!!



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