Piracy with Merien Grey
This class is for authors who want a working understanding of literary piracy. The class covers how piracy occurs, where readers find pirate sites, how the sites work, and where the files they use come from. It covers what Digital Rights Management is exactly and in what ways it is and isn’t effective. We will discuss the various sides of the issue and why some people feel they have every right to pirate authors work and why some authors don’t bother to worry about it. There are various interviews and comments from best selling authors on what they do or don’t do and why. There are recommendations on what authors can do to lessen the impact of piracy and what they can do to advocate for better enforcement industry wide. Examples of take down notices will be given and various opinions given on how effective they are as well as why they are useless sometimes. An extensive bibliography of articles and websites concerned with literary piracy will be provided at the end of the class.
Merien spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst. She has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology.Â She is currently a member of the RWA national ethics committee. The last ten years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison, webmistress, and conference committee positions. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog, and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.