Has your book (Intellectual Property) been stolen?

@lenna Elena (that life partner of mine) fought back against bookmate(dot)com in Russia and won!

I am SO proud of the little Dickens! Multiple, threatening letters, and finally the words lawyer and lawsuit did the trick. Of course, the bookmate suka (in Russia) said they were under NO OBLIGATION to take it down, because one of their subscribers uploaded it, but would do so anyway cuz they are so kindhearted.

New chapter up on CONVERGENCE. Calling it, "Cut to the Chase" -- describes Elena @lenna taking the lead, and putting a scam artist to task in Odessa, Ukraine.


Another few steps in the crazy, year-long adventure, and run-for-our lives to stay together... and NOT dead.

Oh, and it has PICTURES, for the illiterate.

Here's one now! Ooo pretty...

@wordsmith Exactly! The universe, is just... well, the universe. AND that is the hardest thing for most to deal with. A: it doesn't revolve around them, and B: we are just a part of it, and C: it is a set of physical laws and isn't even capable of actually giving a damn!

Oh dear, is my godless atheism showing?

We're programmed to think we are part of a community, that we have friends, family, or that anybody actually cares about us. In reality, we're alone & terrified of acknowledging our lack of value to others, who are in exactly the same situation. We take up space, we consume, & we cycle through consumables & services to keep an economy ticking over: like intestinal bacteria to the host organism. That's all we are. In the end, the only thing that matters is how we have experienced our lives.

One of my badly behaved,, fictional characters just said this! How dare she?!

When it comes right down to it, you are the only one who can save yourself. Nobody else cares in the slightest, what happens to you!

@lowbrow Hate to think what happened to the old one?

Getting one of those mechanical boards with the cherry blue switches? So loud the neighbors complain about the noise... those are sweet.

@nick Loving it! Thanks for those shots. BTW, there's about a zillion Bournemouth's, in which country is this one?


I've just posted a new chapter of CONVERGENCE: Our True Story of Love, Survival and Finding Freedom on elenameg.com/convergence/

Chapter 20: EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE is about Elena standing up to her mother, and several crazy, desperate, long-shot hijinks to stay together, get out of Ukraine and find a way home.

@misha Hi Misha! And welcome. You Russian, by any chance?

Re: Metal -- you and me both, bro. It can't get too heavy, or too loud!

This post should be read with a proper, English accent.

Make no mistake about it! Just because I am posting CONVERGENCE chapters, to beat the band. Infers, in no way whatsoever, that we are safe, on land, being proper, and in our place.

No, no, no, and noooo! Our next breaths could be seawater, our next heartbeats our last. This is life, this is adventure, and this is what it takes to be together.

I've just posted a new chapter of CONVERGENCE: Our True Story of Love, Survival and Finding Freedom on elenameg.com/convergence/

Chapter 19: OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD is about a hilarious and horrifying encounter with the Russian Consulate in Odessa, Ukraine.

Read it at your own peril!

@matt The article is pretty thin: it describes Mastodon... sort of. and recommends some instances. There's no question, the Fediverse is freedom.

... BUT ...

What I'd really like to know, especially about your instance, Matt, is why?

It's costing you time and money to host and maintain it.

I, for one, am totally appreciative of your investment and effort, but I'd sure love to know:

what's in it for you?

@wion Thanks for all the advice! Whew, that's a lot to take in.

Thanks also for the offer to read a non-fic book proposal! Me? Been there, done that, back in uni (advisor & I worked up a couple texts on neural nets in Java). So I kinda know the publishing game. Personally, there's nothing in it for me.

Maybe others, though. I hope your offer is open to EVERYONE here and that your editing services plug is going out to the entire instance, if not the whole fediverse.

Best of luck with that!

@wion what do you mean, "People here... if they'll step outside their own worlds"?

Writer's Digest is just another magazine targeting writers -- kinda get that from name, huh 😏 It tells em how to write and win. Shills must-have products and services to writers, poets, artists, who have to have em to publish and win! Gold rush mentality: the gold isn't in them thar hills, it's in the miners buying gold pans and shovels!

@wion @lenna Done the whole Writers Digest query, blah blah blah dance. Got nothing but scam agents (and very few of them).

Tons of movie offers, no publishers. Hey, it's an example of a couple saying no to the whole victim, suck up to the overloards, do it the proper way and lose, schtick. It's pretty much an anti-establishment story. Nah, publishers ain't gonna like that!

Also, and this is HUGE, we refuse to wave any flags. We refuse to be marginalized. It's a dangerous example!

@lenna and they charge people money to read it, and you don't see one, red cent of it.

I have a feeling, Bookmate is one of the prime offenders.

If others have had similar experiences -- subscription services profiting from stolen intellectual property -- it would be great to know about it, and what steps were taken, if any, to deal with the theft.

Meg boosted

My experience with Bookmate. I was approached by a woman who said she works for Bookmate and suggested I place my book onto their site. I looked into the possibility and refused. Some time later I discovered my book on bookmate website. Complaint to that woman and writing to their department that deals with copyright infringements didn't produce any result. The book is still there.

Excellent advice, everyone!

Wow, let's just say, "The fediverse isn't typical social media" -- and yes, Jim, there IS intelligent life in the universe.

As for what's getting ripped off: photos, posts, graphics, articles, entire freaking books (wait for Elena's post), audio files, our identities... you name it; it's showing up (usually on sites with not-so-great English).

So, what does one do when one finds their stuff showing up on sites that one didn't authorize? Especially when someone else is charging for their material, or using it for click-bait?

I've just posted a new chapter! 18: CHASING WILD GEESE on CONVERGENCE: Our True Story of Love, Survival and Finding Freedom

Read it here: elenameg.com/convergence/

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