Napster was the first big website (at least as far as I was aware) that did 'file-sharing'. As the internet has gotten progressively bigger so have piracy issues. From music to movies and now to books.
I've dealt with people not wanting to pay for my work before. There is a reason I USED to be a professional seamstress. Now I see that this extends to most creative fields. How do you protect intellectual property?
It's a question people are finding it hard to answer. I've seen people for and against (by the way, just to make it clear, I'm adamantly against it despite my questionable association in high school). My biggest issue with the people for it are the ones who say to we should just accept it because it's here to stay. That we should just concentrate on selling merchandise because it's harder to steal. You can read the article here if you'd like.
I'm sorry, but unless you are a NYT bestselling author with a movie/tv show there is no related merchandise. Our books are our merchandise. And believe me when I say we get paid pennies for the work we do! Besides all the writing and the editing, there is marketing.
Okay, so what can we as honest citizens do about this? Click here for a great article about this. There are always those people who feel entitled to whatever they want but sometimes people don't even realize what they're doing is wrong. It's up to us to educate them.
Alright, rant over! ;)