Update 12/5/10: Since I wrote this post and others like it, I've learned a great deal from readers and I hope to continue to learn. I'm seeing a different POV that I never expected to see, and the comment thread for this post has presented some interesting discussion. I hope it continues, too. I'm now seeing there are two differents sides to *every* story. If I were to have written this same blog post today, I don't think I would have been so harsh, and I apologize to anyone who may have been offended.
Every once in a while I like to post about book pirates. The worst of the worst is a place called http://www.astatalk.com/. They abuse writers, steal their work, and absolutely ignore all requests to take the books down.
But it's the people who use these sites that interest me. What kind of a person steals, knowing they are stealing, and thinks they can get away with it. I've already exposed a few of them. And now I'm going after someone who goes by the name "Athena99"
Athena99 thinks they can't be exposed and that their real identity is private. They think they can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet forever. But there are ways to track people like Athena99 down, as there are ways to track other's down.
At the top of this post, you'll find Athena99's astatalk photo. People who steal books don't seem to understand it's punishable by law, with fines and/or imprisonment.