I’ve had some rather unfortunate piracy episode with people who should know better. When this year’s Nebula Awards were getting attention, I shared my short story GOING DARK with the password protected site that was only for Science Fiction Writers of America. Sharing this was only for their consideration, and never for the general public as I had the story in an anthology that was for sale.
Somewhere in this milieu, a Google drive file of the story was created and made available for outside of the password protected site. I first learned of this when some strange sort of fan creature by the name of Cameltoe Flipflop (or something) shared the pirated link on his website. When I told him to take it down, he did so promptly. Good on you, Flipflop, that’s the way it should be (but checking to see if it’s OK to share copyright work first).
Last month I found another pirated link on the File 770 website and demanded that it be removed as well. Instead of promptly complying as a normal, well adjusted person might do, the website owner refused to. Granted, he complied at first, then did an end run and put the link back up later the same day. Really?
Mike Glyer is rather sad story. If you haven’t read Larry Correria’s 100% accurate read on the guy, I suggest you check out blog posts here, here and definitely here.
Here’s the first email I got from Glyer after I demanded he remove the pirated link.
Couple of things: It doesn’t matter if his website hosts the document, sharing links to the pirated material is piracy. Learn more here: ( https://www.quora.com/If-I-share-a-link-to-a-pirated-book-on-my-website-will-it-be-illegal). It’s fairly evident that I am the copyright holder of that story and if I say a link to something is pirated…it really shouldn’t be much of a discussion, but his initial reasoning to remove said link was because he didn’t care for the insinuation.
This fucking guy.
After he tried to pull a fast one and put the link back up, I sent him a DCMA request, which he refused to comply with. I also told him I’d put in a complaint with the SFWA Griefcon for piracy. After that, I sent a DCMA request to his ISP which did axe the offending post. He appealed to his ISP, and they gave me two weeks to sue him.
Suing him wouldn’t do much for me, as he’s a pensioner and the annual income of his website earns enough to buy me a decent lunch. I wanted the pirated links gone, and gone they were.
You’d think the guy would quit while he was ahead. But not Mike Glyer!
Today he doubled down and made this post ( https://web.archive.org/save/http://file770.com/perjury-not-piracy-is-the-problem/)
Lots of issues here. Big one being that China Mike won’t allow me (or anyone) to post a rebuttal that contradicts anything he’s said. Incredible. He’s got himself an echo chamber where he’ll make any manner of accusation, but if you clap back? Your comment stays locked in administration.
Luckily, I have my own platform. Here’s my reply that he won’t let in his comment section:
Sorry the screen caps aren’t that neat, I’m new on this blogging platform.
So then Glyer sends me this email as some manner of a rebuttal and demands I make changes before he’ll allow it to be posted. I’m an American and was an Army officer that served two tours in Iraq. I take the freedom of speech very seriously, and as a writer I know that controlling language controls thoughts. I won’t let others dictate what I can and can’t say in my own defense.
My too kind reply.
Glyer and one of his sycophants has insinuated that I was hosting the Google Drive files, which is rather ridiculous. Here’s a screen cap of the take down notices I sent and have been confirmed. Does Google let you DCMA your own stuff? I wouldn’t know. I didn’t create those files on Google Drive.
Again, Glyer won’t allow a link to that information in his comments section.
It baffles me, it really baffles me, that when a writer says something is being pirated, that Glyer can create moral high ground to keep pirating. Really, Glyer is worthy of pity and contempt. This is what he has to do for attention.
Funny story. Glyer’s page has won many successive Hugos for best Fanzine or fan site or whatever. Like 14 years in a row. Here’s the thing, if you’ve got enough money and time, you can create enough sock puppet accounts to vote for your preferred entry in the Hugos. Stay with me.
Right around the time of one of Larry Correria’s fiskings, Glyer posted a report of his internet traffic and something like 95% of it was coming from China. He was buying bot traffic to inflate his SEO and ad revenue, obviously. Let’s not pretend there’s a giant demand for English language SF fiction reporting in China. Any-who, after Glyer delivers a remarkable self-own, the China traffic miraculously cut off. Then Glyer announces that he’s removing his site from all further Hugo consideration. I’ll let you guess why.
Folks, it is the current year. 2019. If you’re a web host and someone comes along and says ‘Hey! That’s pirated stuff on your site!’ the correct response is to verify that they’re the copyright holder and promptly remove said material. There is no moral high ground in theft.
For all that’s good and Holy in this world…ignore Mike Glyer. Don’t gift his site with clicks. Know that he operates an echo chamber and every comment is cleared by him. Think he’ll allow disparaging information? He won’t. He’s ‘China’ Mike in more ways than buying his traffic from bot farms. If you’re getting your fan news from him, you’re doing a disservice to yourself.