Mystery, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, horror & YA by "Cheryl Kaye Tardif" & romance by "Cherish D'Angelo". Cheryl is represented by Trident Media Group in NY.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Update 2 on copyright infringement at

If you haven't read the 2 posts below, you may want to do so first. Here's another update on the problems of copyright theft at

I've now heard from dozens of authors who have found their works posted to this site, and it's now come to my attention that some of the PDFs posted on may not contain full works. Some may contain excerpts and some may contain reviews. However, unless the member wrote the review, copyright law is still in effect.

Whatever authors choose to do and how they choose to handle these infringements is completely up to them. I really didn't want to download anything from 4shared and many authors may not want to, but I did so and found my copyright was still infringed. I discovered both my copyrighted text and reviews by others posted there.

In the end it boils down to one thing: authors must take a stand when their copyright is being abused. This is the same fight the music industry has had for decades. Artists and authors create the work and we lose money with these illegal downloads. While many music artists may be raking in big bucks, I can tell you most authors aren't.

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Mika said...

Just saw this update...

Did you ever get them to take your product off their site? I'm going through the same exact thing... would love to get some advice.


Cheryl Tardif said...

Yes, I did, Mika. Contact their customer support and request your material to be removed. They were very good about removing my pirated material.

Good luck!