I was wondering if there is any way you can protect against illegal resale of your ebook?
What are some preventative mesures I can take to ensure my hardwork isn’t stolen?
Is it advisable to take legal action should someone illegally take your work?
Like the friend said , a very good way to avoid your work being duplicated, or stolen, you can add your signature , to all the pages.
mate u cant protect 100% ur product
wht is the site is host in ru on iran wht u will do then ?
Unfortunately, if your product is any good, it will get uploaded to RapidShare, DepositFile and the torrent sites over and over again. It’s really a game of whack-a-mole - sending DMCA notices and then seeing your work uploaded again a few days later under a slightly different name.
Like Matt mentioned it’s tough to keep something good from being spread around by others.
I think the best you can do is to thoroughly brand your book with your url and try to get people to at least come back to your website (where you hopefully offer an email newsletter or other products to sell them) or I know a number of people like to include lots of affiliate urls so hopefully you can make a few bucks from your links in your book.
I think the key thing to think about is that no matter what people say… people who illegally download content would have had no intention of buying it in the first place (the RIAA dispute this but all studies carried out support this notion). They are not a lost customer and aren’t really worth fighting against (all you’ll do is burn millions in legal fees and notices which will either be ignored or the content will reappear elsewhere - it’s like swimming against the tide). Just give people a good reason to purchase your goods, give them the time and support they require, cultivate your audience and be glad for the paying clients you have, after all… they felt your stuff was worth the price tag attached. The other people may be bad, but even if you purged all the illegal versions off the web, they are very unlikely to purchase your title as a result, they just wanted something for free… as sad as it may be, this is what you get with the Internet.
BTW: I’m saying this as a software author… I’ve seen my stuff on Warez sites before but it doesn’t bother me, I know people pirate the product because even though it has a small price-tag, they either have no money or pirate everything so wouldn’t care to purchase it from the first place.