Authors: What to Do if Your Book Gets Pirated

Thank you to S.K. Nicholls for sharing this information.

In cases of copyright infringement, contact the site’s hosting company rather than engaging with the offending site. The following advice is particularly useful in finding out if your work is being pirated: “One thing you can do to help protect yourself is set up a Google alert with your book title(s) and author name.” The information provided in her post is for reporting American sites to their hosting company.

As of January 1, 2015, Canadian internet service providers will be required by law to notify their customers of copyright infringement. (See article in The Huffington Post Canada.)


S.K. Nicholls

There is not a lot of recourse against the site itself, especially if the site is out of the country. If the web hosting site is U.S.A., you can send a DMCA take down letter to the web hosting site. They are under pressure to break the links of sites performing copyright infringement. You are also required to share some personal information in the letter which you should do with the hosting company NOT the offending site.

How do you find the site hosting company?

You can search domain registration on at:

Once you find the web hosting site look for their contact info or legal contact. This is usually an email address link.

Gene Quinn has a sample letter you can personalize (copy and paste into email) and send to the hosting company:

You will need the offending site’s URL for your work. Once you get…

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