Many of you have seen my FB statuses the past couple of days concerning the notorious pirate, Yamlugue. Yamlugue is a woman in Argentina who is uploading lesbian books to many file sharing websites and hundreds of people are downloading these book for free. My book was uploaded by Yamlugue two days after it was published in ebook format and within one week had 320 illegal downloads. That is equivalent to this woman sticking her hand in my publisher’s pocket and stealing three thousand dollars (at least).
Yamlugue has been approached by many of our authors before but still insists on committing this criminal activity. Legally, we don’t have much recourse because Argentina does not recognize U.S. copyright law. That means we need to operate outside the realm of the law. I’m not saying we need to do anything illegal or even anything morally wrong, but we do need to find a way to appeal to this woman and get her to ‘cease and desist.’
So far, Yamalugue has been approached by authors one at a time. What I’m suggesting we do is approach her en masse. If we can get 300, 500 or even 1,000 people to bombard her mailbox and her email with letters asking her to stop, we stand a much greater chance of succeeding. Imagine going to your mailbox one day and dozens of letters are stuffed inside asking you to stop stealing… It’s worth a shot.
Below is a sample letter. Please email her. Please write her a snail mail. The letter will cost ninety-eight cents. Please consider investing this dollar into the future of our publishers. You can write your own letter if you wish. Remember, no cussing and no threats. The content of the letter doesn’t matter as much as the fact that the letter has been sent and will be in the company of hundreds of its sisters in her mailbox.
Please share this blog with every lesbian, lesbian organization, FB page, FB lesbian group, aw hell, paper this blog with her name and address everywhere you can. Saxon Bennett and R.E. Bradshaw are also blogging about this very topic and sending out a call for help. Visit their website to get their takes on the subject.
Here’s her particulars:
Yamila Luciana Guerrier
Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Dear Ms. Guerrier,
It has come to my attention that you are stealing many works of lesbian fiction, uploading them to file sharing sites and giving away free copies. I am writing this letter asking you to cease and desist this criminal activity. What you are doing is against United States copyright law and is morally reprehensible.