John Palisano, HWA President
It has come to the attention of the Board and Officers of the HWA that yet another Web site has popped up and gained traction in selling pirated e-books. The HWA is strongly against such practices. But these sites have proliferated over the past several years. As soon as one gets taken down, others appear in their place. These are hard to trace, with their roots and IP addresses often disguised.
In the past, we have sent takedown notices and letters to these entities, demanding they remove our members’ titles. This is something the HWA and our sister organizations do regularly, and we will continue to do so.
Our best advice, should you become aware of any site pirating your work, is that you (or your agent or other legal representative) should immediately send a takedown notice to the offending site.
Posting on the HWA’s Facebook and other social-media pages does not necessarily mean our officers or board members will see and be able to investigate and act. Please report issues to us directly.
Note: Services exist that claim to fight these infringements on the author’s behalf. However, the members of these services are not necessarily agents or lawyers. The HWA cannot vouch for any of these services and recommends you be diligent in researching them.