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Wednesday, June 04, 2008
As some of you may have noticed, many people who have typed out or scanned either the entire books, portions of the books or first chapter of Breaking Dawn have received (or should be receiving) a message from their hosting companies that notices were sent from my publisher to take the content down. I know people are eager to share their excitement about my books, which I love, but you may not be aware that making portions of the book available for download is violating my copyright (unless you have written permission from me or my publisher). Quoting a sentence or two is fine, but anything beyond that is in violation of copyright. Basically, copyright gives an author control over where, when and how her work is made available to the public. This exists to protect the author and her work – a lot of effort has been put into creating these books for you to enjoy — so I hope people cooperate in respecting the copyright for all my novels.
Edited: Commentary added by Pel: It’s also just as illegal to translate the first chapter into a language other than English and repost it. There is a certain foreign language blog that has not only translated the first chapter and preface, but they have taken someone’s fanfiction, translated that, and they are trying to pawn it off as chapter 2.