Telling someone to stop copyright infringement is like telling a person to stop the flies perching on a cow in a fly-infested field. It’s impossible. And until the field is free, the cow won’t.
No matter the strength of the law guarding copyright ownership, pirates will always lie in wait – waiting for the right moment to strike.
We are in a corrupt world where crimes are inevitable, sad to say.
However, there are little ways we can help limit the frequency. And I believe that if every single person in the world would stop buying pirated works, pirates will lose heart.
- Do not buy and use pirated books
We need to understand that it’s absolutely wrong for someone else’s years worth of work to be copied and sold by someone who has no idea what his pen looks like or how much it costs. To be able to feel a little of what a writer feels, put yourself in his shoes and walk a distance, feel where it pinches and then you will be able to have the will to say no to piracy.
Many people especially the less informed do buy pirated books without knowing it because they do not know the difference between the original copy and the pirated copy.
How do you tell the difference between pirated copy and the original?
- Check the book cover
If you see the cover of a pirated book, the images are blurred – not anywhere close to sharp. If you have ever snapped a copy of a photograph, you will understand what I mean. No matter how you try to make it look like the original, it will still look different with an unpleasant appearance. Because of the low-quality paper used in pirated books, the printing and resolution look cheap.
- Flip the pages
You can flip the pages to take note of the quality of the paper. The paper quality of the pirated version of a book is low due to cheap paper used.
- Check the binding quality
You will notice that the binding of the book is not done with care and if the page gutter is stretched, there will be a split and the pages will come off easily. This is not so with the original copy which is very strong because of the binding quality.
- Check For Hologram
In this modern time, publishers use hologram stickers to indicate the originality of a book. So check the back of the book to find the small sticker embedded in it.
2. Report piracy
If you discover a book is pirated, purchase it, making sure you got the name and the location of the bookstore. Contact the publisher and report the crime by offering useful information. You might get rewarded for your kindness.
Some people duplicate books for personal use in their homes or at school because it’s less expensive as well as easily accessible. For example, if my neighbour has a book I’m looking for, instead of going to the market to buy it, I may decide to make a copy. This is completely wrong. It’s always better to borrow a book than make a copy of it.
Someone might say, “but the writer has sold over ten millions copies of that particular book and still sells. It will cost him nothing if someone makes a few copies to sell. After all his name is still on the book. No one is removing it.
Well, that his name is there is even the more reason why it’s his sole right and shouldn’t be copied.
If you want to help distribute a book, go straight to the right source and purchase them at a cheaper rate to sell and make some gain.
” Kill piracy, save creativity”
-Kalyan C. Kankanala
I'm a food scientist who has chosen the path of creative writing- the one thing which comes to me naturally.
Back in 2013, my love for teaching young learners propelled me into picking teaching as a career. I taught English, Maths and Science in the United Arab Emirates where I lived for ten years. Right now, I live in Coal City, a beautiful hilly area of my country Nigeria.
My website Fiez-writer is a product of my extreme desire to share my writing with the world. Here, I share fiction, poems, thoughts and writing tips.
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