Award wining author ripped off by Kiwi company

It appears The Publisher’s Association don’t have a sense of humour when it comes to Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries having been available from Krim Dotcon’s MEGA site:

The Publisher’s Association has expressed disappointment that links to author Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries have been made available for free download by a New Zealand registered company.

The novel was discovered on Kim Dotcom’s file-sharing website MEGA yesterday.

“Everyone is rightly proud of the achievements of Eleanor Catton on the world stage so to see her work given away without her consent by a fellow Kiwi company is really appalling,” Publishers Association of New Zealand president Sam Elworthy says.

“We should be doing all we can to support the good work of not only these two artists but also every New Zealander who makes an honest living from his or her creative works.

“MEGA should do more to ensure this kind of thing does not occur.”

Whaleoil is keeping an eye on it as well.  If it happens again, we’ll contact the good people at Copyright Licensing Limited directly to deal with the problem.

In fact, we’ve located more copies of Eleanor’s work on another service – and will hand those details on shortly.  Not everything can be found by using Google you know Krim!  

“We live in a digital age and authors and publishers recognise the changing nature of how readers want to access material. We made sure that The Luminaries was available as an ebook to New Zealand readers in a timely and accessible way, and we are delighted so many of them have taken advantage of this.

“We are not surprised to be told that there are also illegal sources, but are nevertheless very disappointed,” Barrowman says.

Elworthy says the discovery of Catton’s work on a site such as MEGA was the “tip of the iceberg”.

“Just a few weeks ago we had to ask MEGA to take down an entire educational textbook written by a New Zealand author and which had been made available on their site. This type of illegal sharing is happening at an alarming rate and really hurting New Zealand creatives.

Booooo!  Nasty Krim Dotcon!!  Shoo! SHOO!!!

We’re getting creative work out to millions in all sorts of formats all around the world. But while Eleanor Catton is doing big things for our international reputation, it’s disappointing to see her being ripped off by a website which calls itself a New Zealand company,” Elworthy says.

Kim Dotcom is fighting extradition to the United States on copyright and racketeering charges over the operation of his previous file locker site Megaupload.

Rumour has it that everything that is uploaded to MEGA is totally encrypted.  And yet, without having the special password, MEGA located those copyrighted works and deleted them.

I suspect their claims of 100% privacy have been exposed by this.

All it will take is a warrant and any information that you’ve uploaded is there for the taking.

But that’s old news.  What is interesting is that MEGA staff obviously have a way of finding out what is where, even though they claim it is completely inaccessible and unidentifiable without the unique password.

I might ask someone to look into that for me.


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