Sunday, October 02, 2011
Call to Action for All Writers- Please Write the Indiana Attorney General
The Attorney General's Office of Indiana is looking at whether or not to shut down a crooked publisher named David Boyer of Vinncennes, Indiana by using Consumer Fraud regulations. These can carry criminal penalties as in the case of David Caswell. Boyer steals other writers works (take a look at the size of the partial list of victims on the left hand side of B-Thoughtful's blog - it's over double that now and she's still updating her database) and illegally sells them to consumers claiming he wrote them. He steals our stuff and sells it illegally, claiming he is the author.
Remember, like all publishers and or writers, he is operating as a business. A shoddy, tawdry business, but subject to business and Consumer Fraud regulations nonetheless. Let's get them enforced. If it works in Indiana, we can expect similar decisions by AG offices across the country. If they're not on board, we take the campaign to them.
In the past, the only recourse a writer had was to file an expensive, time consuming and ultimately unproductive lawsuit against creeps like Boyer who them claim they're bankrupt. Help me change that. Tell the Attorney General's office for the State of Indiana how important it is for this plagiarist publisher to be subject to the same penalties as any other crooked business. We want him pursued under Consumer Fraud regulations at their cost, not ours. He's defrauding consumers by selling them our stuff with his name on it.
International emails of support to the Attorney General of Indiana are also very important. Show him that writers of the world are you united in their common goal to protect writers. The email is listed below.
Here's where to send your respectful but firm letters and or emails of support and be sure to include the File Number File No. 10-CP-62157:
Consumer Protection Division,
Office of the Indiana Attorney General
302 W. Washington St., 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
If we don't act together to convince the Attorney General to shut down the creep David Boyer of Vincennes, Indiana you might be next on the list. And if he keeps getting away with it, how many more people can steal your work and get it away with it? Send an email, send a letter or call and leave Tom Irons a respectful but firm message that we need his help. If you're a member of a writer's group or writing organization, ask them to write, too.
If we can get the Romance Writers of America behind this effort, this guy will go down. If the SFWA gets behind us, this guy will go down. That goes for the Myster Writers of America and the HWA, too. Anyone who knows anyone in those organizations, please ask for their support in this letter writing campaign. They know how to get out the troops. I've already contacted the National Writers Union.
So now I'm asking you personally to help by contacting Mr. Irons.
Let's put a stop to writers having to spend a fortune defending their rights when it's really not only about copyright violation, it's about Consumer Fraud.