NSFW: People Pirating Your Sex eBooks? Just Strip Naked In Protest

Hollywood and the games industry have spent years searching for a solution to piracy, though most measures they've employed have served only to alienate paying customers. Perhaps they could learn a thing or two from Brazilian author Vanessa de Oliveira, who bared all in front of a government building in Peru, in an attempt to stop her books from being "pirated anymore anywhere in the world".

Not safe for work warning: The video above contains brief nudity.

It's certainly one of the more interesting approaches conceived, though I doubt it will be as effective as Oliveira would hope. Her ebooks, including "If He Cheats On You, It's Your Problem" and "100 Secrets of a Lady in Waiting", draw from her experiences as a "a girl of company", according to TorrentFreak. It's an occupation she alleges saw her bed close to 5000 suitors.

Oliveira wasn't naked for long, with police quickly putting a stop to the protest, though she had enough time to expand on her grievances:

"I'm doing this for my book so it is not pirated anymore anywhere in the world," Oliveira explained, attracting the attention of the police. "A country is made with culture, with books. When people pirate books culture is in danger. [Peru] is the first country where I see this," she added.

I don't think it's just Peru where this sentiment applies, though I don't necessarily agree that pirating "culture", as it were, is a danger. Sure, it's not great when someone decides not to pay for something you've worked hard to write, but if they weren't going to pay for it in the first place and hence, not read it, you could see it as culturally-enriching, if you squint hard enough.

What is a danger is a growing generation that feels stealing digital goods is perfectly normal. It's a shame publishers and movie studios are doing such a bad job of reversing the trend.

As for Oliveira, the jury is out on whether it was a genuine protest against piracy, or a flashy stunt to promote her ebooks. Whatever the motive, it's certainly given her plenty of attention.

[TorrentFreak]


Comments

    where can i download a copy to erradicate this problem clothing?

    "Stop copying my book or I will show you my tits"
    Interesting approach.

    If only there was a graphic novel to pirate...

    might go pirate me some Taylor Swift and Beyonce.
    wonder if they'd take the same approach if provoked...

    Erm......subtitles please?

      really? you didn't watch this just to see tits?

    Before the digital era, we all just borrowed books from the library. Ebook piracy is just the digital equivalent.

      No it isn't. You can borrow ebooks. And there's a big difference between borrowing a book from the library and taking it back when you are done, and having a permanent copy you didn't pay for.

        I assume you are not privy to the publishers doing their best to screw with the ebook market in Australia?

        No, there's really not a big difference. You can always borrow the book again from the library, whenever you want to read it again, for free, just like a digital copy.

          But you still have to inevitably return the book at some point. Borrowing a book from the library (where the books are essentially paid for through taxes, anyway) is not stealing. Ebook piracy is. There's the difference.

      Libraries only have a limited number of copies of ebooks, the same as they only have a limited number of physical books. Ebooks need to be "returned" before they can be loaned to a new person.
      And the big difference between borrowing a book or ebook from a library? Libraries pay for their copies of books and ebooks so that their members can borrow them for free. So the writer and publisher still gets paid. Piracy does not compensate the writer or publisher in any way.

    That video is about 17 minutes and 55 seconds too long

      Touché my good man.

    That large reporter at 0:23s has never worked so hard in his life.

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