David Boyer, alias David Byron and a host of other names, seems to be under the impression that there is nothing anyone can do to him and that no one can stop him.
Let's take him to school.
Friday of last week, myself and a group of writers and publishers filed complaints against Boyer with the IC3.
Who are they? Well, in their own words:
"The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) was established as a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to serve as a means to receive Internet related criminal complaints and to further research, develop, and refer the criminal complaints to federal, state, local, or international law enforcement and/or regulatory agencies for any investigation they deem to be appropriate. The IC3 was intended, and continues to emphasize, serving the broader law enforcement community to include federal, as well as state, local, and international agencies, which are combating Internet crime and, in many cases, participating in Cyber Crime Task Forces."
But is when someone Boyer or some other creep plagiarizes a story or art and sells it over the internet or gives it away for free as a download, is that really a CyberCrime? Yes it is. Here's what they say:
"Since its inception, the IC3 has received complaints crossing the spectrum of cyber crime matters, to include online fraud in its many forms including Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) matters..."
So, we notified them. Plagiarism hits the big time crime issue (NET Act of 1997) when it hits the Internet. Even if it's not for profit.
Dig around a lit bit on these topics and as writers, editors, publishers and artists, you'll be pleasantly surprised. When plagiarists steal our work and distribute it around the Internet, guess what? They've got trouble coming their way if we use the system.
Oh, and did I forget to add that tomorrow I'm in contact with the Attorney General's office of Indiana? They've done such a great job nailing that scam publisher in Indiana, that I thought since David Boyer is a publisher, too that maybe they'd like to help those of us he's plagiarized. Maybe he hasn't paid royalties to his authors- maybe the could contact the AG, too.