How to stop people from stealing your ebook...

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Put this on the first page (or the second page if it has a graphic image for the first page):

This ebook is copyright 2010 from Your Name and YourDomain.com. If you have received this book from anyone else or through any other website it is stolen. We pay a reward for reporting theft. If you suspect this has been stolen send us an email here for your reward:

theft@yourdomain.com

While some pirates will remove the notice, many won't bother.

This accomplishes a couple things:

First, it lets your original buyer know they may get caught if they give the thing away.

Second, it allows you to more easily find someone who is pirating your materials.

After selling thousands of ebooks, it has been helpful in keeping piracy down to a dull roar.

Kevin [at] VirtualProfitCenter.com
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  • Profile picture of the author mmresources
    Great idea, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mao Flynn
    Simple, yet brilliant - Fair play :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    I like it, Kevin!

    It only takes a few moments to write a notice like that, but gets others to help you track down pirates.

    Simple. Clever. Win!

    All the best,
    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author LB
    What reward do you pay?
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  • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
    Have you ever run into a problem with several people reporting the same source and all expecting rewards?

    What is the reward you give? Is it actual payment?
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by mr2monster View Post

      Have you ever run into a problem with several people reporting the same source and all expecting rewards?

      What is the reward you give? Is it actual payment?
      I've used a similar statement a couple times. I worded it so that the reward is based in product rather than cash, and add a note that I must be able to confirm the source. I was concerned about people just making stuff up for a freebie.

      Great tip, Kevin!
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  • Profile picture of the author chandan_dutta
    This is a great idea. Thank you for sharing. But could you please explain what you have done when you caught the thief?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
      Originally Posted by chandan_dutta View Post

      This is a great idea. Thank you for sharing. But could you please explain what you have done when you caught the thief?
      I have the same question.

      I know who is giving my product away, now how do i stop him???
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  • Profile picture of the author chandan_dutta
    Thank you for your fast reply. I really appreciate that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Brighton
    Yeah, this is something I started doing a long time ago - forgot about it recently though!

    Also, why not take it one step further...because after all, theft will happen, with or without that text, so why not turn thieves into santa's little helpers? How? Well...

    1. Use Nitro PDF Software — Create & Edit PDF Files

    (added security for your pdfs)

    2. Tie major parts of your training and resources into your website via links from the report

    (this will ensure that your reader knows who the real owner is, and whether they have a pirate copy or not, and also encourages them to come to your site, where you can capture their details and even if they don't pay for the stolen copy, you've still got your lead back)

    3. Add a teaser

    (same effect as #2, where you simply leave something out of the pdf which the reader will have to visit your site to use/download or read)

    There's nothing wrong with doing this, because you are still delivering the content. Furthermore, it gives you the chance to deliver multimedia and other tools/features that aren't usually done in PDFs.

    Suddenly, you've turned a potential loss or damage/thorn in your side/ into a lead generating, branding and free traffic tool.

    Sure, it's costing you some sales, but it always will. At least this way, you're still coming out the winner and growing your business and brand.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    How about a more direct approach?

    If you give this material away I'll send Guido over to remove your ability to pass on your genes to future thieving generations. Don't test me on this. Enjoy the ebook!
    I don't know. I guess I prefer brutal honesty at all times.

    John
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    • Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      How about a more direct approach?

      I don't know. I guess I prefer brutal honesty at all times.

      John

      LOL... What you quoted is quite funny John, sounds like something my husband would say!!!


      I think that we can try to do many things, or even everything there is to help diminish the number of thieves committing Plagiarism. BUT it will always happen. Unfortunately it will never be completely eradicated!!! :rolleyes:
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by Kevin-VirtualProfitCenter View Post

        Well I only pay once we have confirmed someone is stealing/pirating--after selling over 18,000 ebooks I've never run into a problem with someone trying to "fake" it.
        That's cool for you, Kevin. I haven't been as fortunate. I have had people try to con me into giving them my products for free many times. They'll pretend their computer crashed and they didn't have a backup, or say they accidentally deleted it, or come up with some story.

        For example, one guy tried buying a product with an invalid credit card. It was declined by his bank. The next day he emails me saying he bought the product the day before but his computer crashed during the download, and asked me to resend the download info. Yeah, right.

        I don't get that as much of this as I used to, but for a while I was getting 2-3 people a month trying to trick me like that or in other ways.
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  • Profile picture of the author se7en
    Don`t think about people stealing your ebook

    Think about people buying your ebook and how you can get more to buy it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rob Howard
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      • ccmusician,

        EXACTLY! When I started selling ebooks one of the first responses was to make them password protected. When that didn't work the response was to use DRM that verified them every time they were accessed.

        Customers didn't like either one of those options and they increased customer service.

        This is the "balance" I found in my own business--PDF's that are easy to access with this "warning."

        Thanks for the input.

        Kevin [at] VirtualProfitCenter.com



        Originally Posted by ccmusicman View Post

        This tends to be my philosophy when it comes to my material.

        People will pirate. It's almost impossible to stop, so I instead focus on customers and getting more.

        Normally people post outrageous things about stopping it (like software blocking access, etc.) but I know that when it comes to gaming (which is a huge pirated niche), I get annoyed as a legit buyer with all the copy protection and crap that tends to cause the game to not work or screw up my computer. Thus, my philosophy has carried over. I would rather not annoy my customers.

        However, this method is simple and effective, doesn't disrupt normal buyers and still gets the job done.

        I may start using it.

        Rob
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  • Profile picture of the author JonMills
    I could see people, distributing through torrent and then emailing you under various email disgusies pretending to be different people and sham boomm.. instant pay day over and over again. Each time refereencing a different place online they got it from.

    Its a good deterent but anyone with a brain would just remove it, most if they go to the trouble of stealing, will take the time to cover their tracks by removing stuff like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author lacraiger
    it might also discorage some people from buying.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mrs S
      Originally Posted by lacraiger View Post

      it might also discorage some people from buying.
      I'm not sure how since the statement is inside the product?

      I second the "create a membership site instead" strategy. Then you don't need to worry about your ebook being distributed by other people.
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  • thanks man. great share.
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