The pirates are at it again

You might recall that I’ve posted once or twice on a particular pirate site, I have another episode in the tale.

For those coming in cold, is a pirate that I unmasked back in October. They then pulled some clever maneuvers and proclaimed that they’d cleaned up their act.I have to admit that I fell for it, but then I learned that they had simply moved the piracy off site. I then posted about them in March and told you that the 2 sites (blog and pirate) used the same Paypal account. (I’m also told that the 2 sites had the same Adsense account, but i don’t know that for sure.)

This past Thursday they sent a letter to my webhost, accused me of slander, and asked my webhost to do something. I giggle madly when I read the letter, but I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed. It would have been so much more fun if they had thought of sending a DMCA takedown notice.

My webhost isn’t going to do anything, which is to their credit. They have no liability nor any obligation, so there’s no reason why they shouldn’t sit on their hands.

Anyway, I just thought their ongoing antics were amusing and worth a post. I’m not worried about defending myself in court on the charge of slander; the first post defends itself (and I can use their own emails too) and the second post would be easy to defend. All I would need to do is subpoena the account records from Paypal. That would show the connection between the 2 websites.

P.S. This isn’t the pirates’ first attempt at confusing the issue. Someone showed up in the comments of my previous posts and defended the pirate site. Unfortunately for them, they weren’t smart enough to mask their IP address. The sock puppets traced back to Vancouver, where is based. Gee, I wonder who that could be?

P.P.S. I bet their next move will be to make a big splashy announcement that the blog has been sold. But that’s too little, too late. They got caught at piracy and they got caught at lying about piracy. They have no good name left.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. yuzutea2 May, 2011

    Clearly these people have never heard of the Streisand effect.

  2. Tyler2 May, 2011

    You worry too much about people taking you to court. I bet you a steak sandwich they are never going to go to court over this.

    1. Nate Hoffelder2 May, 2011

      That’s not worrying; it’s called being prudent.

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