"E-book Theft: What To Do When It Happens To You"

Written by Milana Leshinsky

Checking my e-mail one Sunday morning, I immediately noticed a message. A chill went down my spine. The subject line said, "your e-book has been stolen".

I always knew something like this could happen, but never thought it would happen to me... and so soon! I have only released my e-book a few months ago, and alreadyrepparttar "digital pirates" went to work.

E-book theft isrepparttar 108449 biggest fear authors have, especially if they are working on their very first e-book, their "baby". Most new authors take months writing their e-books, and are worried that as soon as their e-book "hits"repparttar 108450 Web, it will be stolen, copied, illegally sold, or even given away.

I. How exactly does an e-book get stolen?

Sharing computer files between friends, family members and colleagues is not a new concept. People have been doing it for decades. But now that they can do it remotely,repparttar 108451 number of files shared (e-books and software) has greatly increased.

This is notrepparttar 108452 authors' main concern, though.

It'srepparttar 108453 people who get their hands on your e-book and make money reselling it to others in some shape or form. An e-book may be copied, re-written, extracted from, packaged with other e-books, and illegally sold on thieves' web sites.

The worst case, though, is when a thief decides to really make a big chunk of money on your e-book and offers Resale Rights to his customers. This simply means that anybody who buys your e-book from him will also be "allowed" to resell it to others.

Nowrepparttar 108454 Internet is literally flooded with your e-book, and you begin to notice a huge drop in sales AND your income. Every author's worst nightmare.

II. Why would anyone risk getting caught?

While e-books are extremely easy to publish, they are just as easy to steal. "Digital pirates" know it, and take this risk in exchange for making a few bucks (well, actually "my" thief claimed to have made over $10,000 selling my e-books. To this day I don't know if this is accurate, but I am sure it turned out quite profitable for him).

Most people who steal other people's digital products have no respect or appreciation for hard work and talent it takes to produce a quality product. "You put a few words together and now charging $50 for it!", complainedrepparttar 108455 thief in one of his messages to me. (How ironic - I thought it was my place to complain!)

An e-book is mostly prone to theft when 2 things are true:

a) The topic is hot and in demand, so it will be easy to make money selling it.

b) If you sell Master Reprint Rights to your e-book, which makes it difficult to track who resells it legally and who has not paid forrepparttar 108456 rights to sell it.

(See more about Reprint Rights at: http://www.firstbusinesswebsite.com/articles/reprint_rights.html)

III. What steps to take when it happens to you?

If you have just discovered that your e-book is being illegally sold on another web site, stop. Take a deep breath. Has your e-book been really stolen? Go through this list to rule each situation out:

a) You sold Reprint Rights to this person and forgot about it b) This merchant simply sells a demo version of your e-book c) This merchant has purchased Reprint Rights from one of your authorized reseller (who holdsrepparttar 108457 Master Rights to your e-book) d) The e-book has a similar title and content, but is not YOUR e-book. e) The seller may be not aware that he is infringing on your rights, and is selling your e-book by mistake (this is onlyrepparttar 108458 case if you offer Reprint Rights to your e-book)

If you ruled every item on this list, it's time to take action.

1) Find outrepparttar 108459 name ofrepparttar 108460 person who is reselling your e-book. You can do this by doing a "Whois" search on Network Solutions web site (www.netsol.com). The search will reveal to yourepparttar 108461 name ofrepparttar 108462 person who registeredrepparttar 108463 domain name forrepparttar 108464 illegal site, his e-mail address, mailing address, and a phone number. There is no guarantee that this information is 100% accurate, but it's worth a try.

Your perpetrator's web site may also contain his name and e-mail address. Your first step is to send him a polite but firm message. Ask for an explanation, and wait 24 hours for his reply. If you do not get a response, or he refuses to remove your e-book from his web site, move on torepparttar 108465 next step.

2) Find outrepparttar 108466 name ofrepparttar 108467 hosting company, domain name registrar, andrepparttar 108468 Internet Service Provider (ISP). The hosting company may be listed under Technical Contact when you dorepparttar 108469 "Whois" search, or under "Domain Servers" atrepparttar 108470 bottom ofrepparttar 108471 listing. It may look something like this: NS181.PAIR.COM. Enter this address into your Internet browser location bar and you will see that this site belongs to www.Pair.com.

The ISP may be located right inrepparttar 108472 person's e-mail address. For example, ifrepparttar 108473 e-mail is jsmith@earthlink.com, thenrepparttar 108474 ISP is Earthlink.com. Ifrepparttar 108475 web address is hosted by a free hosting company (e.g. www.tripod.com/members/~jsmith) then grabrepparttar 108476 phone number of their customer service or even a fraud department.

Contact as many of these agencies as possible to inform them ofrepparttar 108477 situation. Firmly ask them to suspend their services for this client. Always be calm and polite in your first message.

Charles Petit, an attorney andrepparttar 108478 webmaster of authorslawyer.com says that "Some ISPs... claim that they will not take any action without seeingrepparttar 108479 certificate of copyright registration. Don't believe them. This is really just lawyerese for "we won't resolve disputed copyrights." The United States Copyright Law (17 U.S.C. section 512) makesrepparttar 108480 ISP responsible once notified ofrepparttar 108481 infringement in writing, and is signed "under penalty of perjury." The copyright need not have been registered at all, mentions Mr.Petit. "It is required only for a lawsuit, and late registration only limitsrepparttar 108482 remedies available in court."

Taking The Guesswork Out of Weight Loss

Written by Dr. David Nganele

Nine out of every 10 individuals who lose weight gain it back. Given this fact, it would seem that engaging in a weight loss program is a gamble in whichrepparttar odds of winning are very slim to none. Before you become frustrated and give up, you should realize that one out of those very ten people did succeed. What that means is that it can be done. The trick is knowing how they did it.

Years ago I embarked on a journey to study how individuals who succeeded in losing weight forrepparttar 108448 long term did it. I then researchedrepparttar 108449 science behind howrepparttar 108450 body regulated weight. I came to understand that most weight loss programs fail becauserepparttar 108451 programs are designed to disruptrepparttar 108452 body’s natural mechanisms. It is this disruption that createsrepparttar 108453 battle whererepparttar 108454 individual eventually gives up.

To lose weight safely and permanently, you have to understand a concept in body functioning called homeostasis. In simple words, homeostasis means balance. The body always tries to maintain a constant environment. Your weight, just like your blood pressure or body temperature, is kept at a constant level. This level is called your set point. If you changed your external environment, your body will adjust to keeprepparttar 108455 internal environment stable. That is why a person in Alaska inrepparttar 108456 middle ofrepparttar 108457 winter hasrepparttar 108458 same body temperature as when they go to Arizona inrepparttar 108459 middle ofrepparttar 108460 summer.

How then can you change your weight? First by understanding that there are certain food elements that your body needs, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals and vitamins and water. If you deprive your body of any of these, it will start fighting you. Second, that your weight is kept in balance mostly byrepparttar 108461 effects of two opposing hormones, glucagon, that causes fat breakdown and insulin that causes fat buildup. You lose weight safely and permanently by giving your body allrepparttar 108462 essential food nutrients (not by dieting) and by shiftingrepparttar 108463 balance in favor of glucagon over insulin. You achieve this by adjustingrepparttar 108464 foods that affectrepparttar 108465 production of these hormones. This eliminates cravings and constant hunger.

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