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Online Book Piracy – What You Need To Know

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About the Program:

(KNBC-TV Channel 4 News interview with investigative reporter Randy Mac and Rhonda Rees)

According to the Association of American Publishers, the publishing industry as a whole has lost $80 to $100 million dollars to online piracy annually. From 2009 to 2013, the number of E-book Internet piracy alerts that the Authors Guild of America had received from their membership had increased by over 300%. During 2014, that number doubled. In 2016, the trend goes even higher.

This is a very big problem not only for authors and publishers, but also for bookstores and the general public as well. All the hard work, livelihoods, and the many years that goes into producing books, cannot be taken lightly.

A 2015 survey conducted by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), states that book piracy is half the rate of copyright theft in the film and music industries. But copyright infringement is still having an impact on the average person in a very big way. It’s not just the famous recording artists or popular celebrities that are being ripped off anymore. This is truly a silent crime that doesn’t leave any fingerprints.

Rhonda Rees knows first-hand what type of impact online book piracy is having. She is a long-time public relations expert, and has written and produced a copyrighted, trademarked, registered and award-winning book, Profit and Prosper with Public Relations®: Insider Secrets to Make You a Success. To her shock and surprise, her book along with thousands of others (all unsuspecting authors) was being offered for FREE online without her knowledge or permission.

She decided to “fight-back”, by putting her public relations skills to the test. Her personal crusade began over two years ago. She has since contributed feature articles including one for IBPA Independent (My Battle with Pirates), as well as having appeared on radio, television, and on YouTube. She was crowned an IRWIN (Industry Recognition of Writers in the News) Publicist of the Year award-winner by the Book Publicists of Southern California. In 2015-2016, she also won the prestigious Bulldog Reporter Publicist of the Year honor for this cause.


Online Book Piracy is little-known subject, where authors and publishers are just beginning to realize that it is happening to them, and don’t know what to do, or where to turn. Rhonda will provide participants with her first-hand knowledge about this largely overlooked and very misunderstood crime – One that is having a major impact on us all.

Book Piracy Issues Covered in the Presentation:

  • An Overview of Online Book Piracy – and What it is
  • Advice for Authors and Publishers with Steps You Can Take to Help Stop the Problem
  • Why Do the Pirate Sites Offer Books for Free? What’s in it For Them?
  • The Difference Between Intentional and Unintentional Piracy – and Copyright Law
  • Organizations and Resources Where People can Turn to for Help
  • And Much More….Don’t Miss!!

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About the Presenter:

rhonda-headshot-photo-sm.jpgRhonda Rees is an award-winning PR expert, author and advocate. In her extensive career, she has represented a wide variety of clients, including authors, celebrities, Fortune 500 companies, manufacturers, fire and safety firms, environmental companies, attorneys, politicians, financial planners, the military, special needs children and nonprofits.

Her book, Profit and Prosper with Public Relations: Insider Secrets to Make You a Success® has won many awards, and she was honored with the Publicist of the Year designation from the prestigious Bulldog Reporter publication for her online book piracy awareness PR campaign. She also received an IRWIN award (Industry Recognition of Writers in the News) Publicist of the Year designation by the Book Publicists of Southern California. Rhonda is a past-president of the former Publicity Club of Los Angeles, and is an active member of several book organizations including IBPA. She appears frequently on radio podcasts, and is a sought-after speaker. Rhonda also contributes feature articles in magazines and on blogs, and is listed in the Global Directory of Who’s Who.

Website: http://www.rhondareespr.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProfitandProsperwithPR/
LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/2cZbfbS
Twitter: @ReesRhonda

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