They may not be stealing eBooks, but the owners of the aforementioned website are indeed stealing.
Here’s “the rest of the story:” After paying your $4.99 trial membership fee (by credit card), they automatically sign you up for a full year’s membership for $69, but then when you try to download any of these too-good-to-be-true free books and movies, none of them download.
A friend of a friend is a member of some piracy “police” — MUSO, a piracy monitoring company — who told her
“most download sites that charge a fee up front are scams. I can’t say all, of course. We need to stay vigilant. But the ones you really want to watch out for are free sites like megaupload.com and rapidshare.com. ”
So my running around like Chicken Little was all for naught… or was it? It got me thinking about theft, and how so many people feel it is okay (as long as they aren’t caught). People don’t consider stealing morally wrong (or they wouldn’t be doing it; or is that too logical?).
Certain cultures consider lying and trickery as heroic virtues, as portrayed through their folk tales. Are we becoming a society of income tax evaders, and I-don’t-know-why-I-looted-when-I-don’t-even-want-this, and royalties theft which are our new hero characters? Just wondering if this is truly what the majority of our population thinks and/or does.
Re: Too-Good-To-Be-True sites. They are. So, be careful. First, ascertain the facts, then act, not react.