Saturday, October 17, 2009

My Ears Are Burning (Astatalk)

In the past I posted about what an extended process it was to get full text links to my work removed from Astatalk. This morning I noticed several hits to that post from a private "Closed Team" Astatalk forum thread which I cannot access, but which has the url "http://astatalk.com/thread/2309/1/USERS_TO_AVOID!!!". Do they mean avoid posting my pirated work? I sure hope so. I have added a check of Astatalk for my books to tomorrow's schedule.

7 comments:

Diana Castilleja said...

I've emailed Astatalk and Mediafire where the file is being stored. (Just had the first of mine show up yesterday actually) I expect nothing to happen, but I saved the emails, just the same. Their TOS are jokes. They don't comply to their own policies.

Naomi Brooks said...

Mediafire is one of the worst to get the files down from, but they eventually do. I don't bother with Asta themselves. They just have excuses of how they're doing nothing wrong.

They can keep re-uploading forever. I send DMCA notices daily for as long as it takes. :)

Teddy Pig said...

From what I have heard Asatalk is just a social network for listing download sites.

So it seems to me you would want to maintain an anonymous presence there in order to find out where people are downloading your books from.

Asatalk is just the enabler.

Anonymous said...

Enablers are simply aiding and abetting the illegal work. Seems to me that our national orgs need to actually do something. After all, isn't there one with like 10K members that charges nearly $100 a pop to join? That's a hell of a treasury to use to actually...you know...protect author's careers! I've had publishers tell me that they will not pursue piracy links. Until we get enough clout to hit these people hard where it hurts (the 'nads or the pocket book, either one is fine with me), they're just going to keep doing what they're doing -- because they can.

Selah March said...

From what I have heard Asatalk is just a social network for listing download sites.

Not just sites, but actual links to files.

You can join Astatalk, request a book, and if there isn't already a file uploaded to a sharing site, someone will come along and upload it for you and provide a direct link to the file.

Everybody says "please" and "thank you," and is very appreciative. They have forums where they discuss books and writing and other media.

It's all very civilized, really -- for a community made up entirely of shoplifters.

Teddy Pig said...

Not just sites, but actual links to files.

You can join Astatalk, request a book, and if there isn't already a file uploaded to a sharing site, someone will come along and upload it for you and provide a direct link to the file.


Right, my point was they do not actually "host the file" so there is not much you can do to stop people providing links to other sites.

Astatalk is simply a place like a Yahoo mail group for swapping information.

Information which might be useful for people looking to find where the actual file sharing is taking place so it can be stopped and repeat offenders noted.

kirsten saell said...

Here's a link where the process is kind of all laid out. Because you have to go at it laterally--approach the sites that unwittingly host the files, not the ones who do it intentionally.

http://copyrightcrusader.wordpress.com/