When Theft Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

An unused cover for the book.
An unused cover for the book.

To paraphrase ¬†an old saying, “Theft is the sincerest form of flattery.”

That was one thought that went through the heads of Tom Soter and Carol Schindler when they saw three listings on the Google search engine that all offered free downloads of their book, A DOCTOR & A PLUMBER IN A ROWBOAT: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO IMPROVISATION.

“It was flattering in a strange kind of way,” Soter said, “because someone thought our book is popular enough to attract internet users to their scam, whatever it ultimately is.”

Soter also said that there was a site that offered nine of his books for a free download. “At least they are completists,” he said.

The copyright infringement was reported to Google, which removed the listings from the web.

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