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 4shared.com...
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 4shared.com 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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