I just happened to come across a web site this evening
that has a digital store where they are selling PDFs via download and on
disk. ALL of the things they are selling are Merriam Press-created PDFs. Most
are PDFs of old manuals and other material that is in the public domain, but
some are of books I have published and are copyrighted by the authors or myself.
While anyone can scan and sell PDFs of old manuals and the like, to take the
PDFs that I have done, many of which required the purchase of the item and some
of those items cost hundreds of dollars, and then sell them without any
reimbursement to me, is just plain thievery. And selling copies of material that
I published is certainly illegal and violates copyright laws and can get them
into serious trouble.
I have sent the owner of the web site a private message
advising him that I have found him out and demanded he pull everything off his
site. I don't expect it to do any good, of course. One of the books I have
published, "Crew One," he has listed on the page as Coming Soon. I am
sending a copy of this to the author of that book, as well as to authors of the
other books he has already listed and is selling. I am sending this to other
authors as well, so if you are one of my authors, don't assume your book is on
I have run into this before. Someone purchased a copy of
a manual I scanned and sell as a PDF (I recently produced a printed edition of
it as well). They posted it on a web site where anyone can post just about
anything (including copyrighted materials) and anyone can download the files for
free (to get full access to everything on the web site, and get the fastest
download speeds, you have to pay a monthly fee, but the files themselves are
free. I know it is my PDF because the original had a stamp, in purple, on the
front cover with the original owner's name and rank and this is clearly visible
on the image of the front cover on the PDF. I acquired that manual and scanned
it a number of years ago, and in order to scan such items to get the best
possible quality scan, I remove the pages so I can scan each page separately (I
literally tear them out of the publication, in effect destroying them and after
I have finished scanning them, I throw the pages away, so he can't claim he
happened to buy the copy I had and scanned it).
Another individual, who I actually know, after buying a
PDF of one of the books I published, posted it on another free web site. I found
it and requested the web site remove it because of the copyright violation,
which they did. I knew who did it, even though his name was not given on the web
page, because he is always doing this sort of thing, copying and making PDFs or
buying PDFs (on a very specific subject)and uploading them to free web sites. He
believes that because he is old and on welfare, he is immune to any prosecution.
I am beginning to wonder about selling PDFs at all. The
eBook versions I am creating will have DRM (Digital Rights Management), but I'm
sure people will figure a way around that. I know people who have sold
photocopies of my printed books over the years. If there is a way to do it,
there are scumbags who will do it.
One solution to this would be to sell the PDFs only by
download and sell them dirt cheap, so that it would make it unprofitable for
anyone to steal and sell my stuff. The only legitimate sources for any
Merriam Press PDFs are my web site (only on disk by mail), Lulu (only as
downloads), and for the moment, Payloadz, also only as downloads but I am
probably going to drop them as the monthly fee isn't worth the small amount of
sales I have gotten through them.
Here's what they state at the top of the Digital Store
Welcome to the G/K43 Digital Shop
Our shop sells
older and newer digital books in the following formats: PDF books for immediate
download and books on CD for mail delivery.
Books are written by
knowledgeable authors who are considered experts in their field, and have
researched subjects for long periods of time to produce accurate documents. Once
you pay for your digital book you will have unlimited access to redownload the
Purchased books are copyright to their respective authors and
through a contract with the G/K43 Forum we have the exclusive rights to sell
them here. Downloadable books are not public domain and they are not
After your purchase is complete, you will be able to access your
private download area.
If you are purchasing a CD please note this in
your payment along with delivery instructions and allow 24 hours for processing
and 5 business days for delivery. Delivery is included in the purchase
* If you are the Author of a book and would like to sell it here,
send chick a PM
The statement in the third paragraph is a total lie.
They have no "contract" whatsoever with the authors or myself for any of the
titles they are selling. They certainly don't have "exclusive rights." And
"Chick" is a crook. But then with a stupid name like "Chick," what do you
I posted this warning at the top of my home
NOT Buy From the G/K43 Forum Digital Store!
The G/K43 Forum
web site is illegally selling copies of PDFs that were purchased from the
Merriam Press. Every single PDF they are selling through their Digital
Store is a Merriam Press-created PDF. They
are even selling PDFs of books I have published that are copyrighted by the
author or myself. If this sort of thing makes you mad, complain to them. I have
sent a private message to the owner of the web site, but I expect it to do no
good. If anyone who is a customer of mine is a member of this web site, complain
to them, post messages about the illegal methods they are using to line his
pockets at my expense. Anyone can buy their own original copies, scan them and
sell copies of the same items I sell PDFs of, but don't buy copies of my
material and sell them. And NO ONE can sell PDFs or any kind of copies of the
books I have published and are copyrighted by my authors or myself. That will
get you into really serious trouble.