Piracy Heads Up

Hi. I haven't posted for a bit. I recently put the majority of Shhhh! Digital Media back online and since then its been an interesting ride.


This post is just a bit of a heads up to people trying to avoid piracy. I was recently browsing my Google Feed on my smartphone when I encountered a site that hosted a collection of free comic books called GetComics.


I've heard that Marvel and DC occasionally do a free comic book day, so I thought that this was an archive of past free comic book day comics seeing as it was included in an official story on Google Feed. So I downloaded a few comics to see if this was the case and low and behold, it appears that these comics might be hosted and distributed illegally.


One of the reasons that I took Shhhh! Digital Media down was because it had become a victim of rampant piracy and efforts to steal my identity, my creative properties and many other aspects of my life as well. My books were being recredited to people that have nothing to do with them and I was literally being stalked and socially abused by people for things that have nothing to do with myself.


So I recently checked out the rest of the GetComics site, hoping to find that I was wrong but low and behold it seems to be an archive illegally shared comics. Not only that but it also includes a direct allusion to my life from a very short poem that I wrote in 2002 called Us and We.


The poem goes: There is no I in us or we. I had it published on my poetry and fiction website (which I also took down). I also published it years ago in 2002 back when I was working for Ferretina Film Productions Ltd.


Here's what the author of the site had posted:


There are no me, or you in GetComics. It just only “WE” or “US”.


So that was an obvious callout to me in that regard. So I have nothing to do with that site or piracy and despite the fact that in my youth I've downloaded software to "try it", I've always purchased any content that I use. I believe that content creators should be rewarded for their effort so they can earn a living. 


Imagine that you were a furniture maker or architect, and you designed something that you also built from the ground up, to have another group of people steal what you built and the plans for it and then to claim that it was theirs and their creation or for them to replace your name with someone else's and to sell it, without you getting any credit or royalties for your efforts. That's essentially what piracy is.


It's too bad that many youngsters, youth (and adults) share such materials they've pirated with others in hopes of "buying" friendship and their way into a social clique not realizing that really they don't need the kind of friends that one could buy that way. I've even fallen for that myself when I was younger. It does take a lot of introspection and self-evaluation to reach the point where you realize that such people aren't friends. You want friends that like you for being you. That's not their fault per se, but it does require you to know where you stand on such issues. Self-confidence and independent thought are what is required to overcome this villain.


The reason that something like that would happen is that there are groups out there who use the golden rule proactively, trying to gain the justification for doing wrong to people by tricking them into committing the same wrong against someone else which essentially means they've committed two crimes. The crime of setting someone else up and the crime of doing that same crime to them.


It seems that my internet was also being watched because as soon as I visited that site directly from the Google Feed, a Police Squad car and a rather heavy on the exhaust Harley Davidson drove by my building. The Police Car began squawking their siren a few times in very obvious mockery. The Harley, well who knows. 


Maybe the local chapter of the Hell's Angels driving by to claim that I'm on their side rather than the side of the Police and the law because I went to this site? Well just to let you know, I tend to speak with the RCMP fairly frequently when it comes to matters like that. I don't scare too easily.


So, heads up to all of you that peruse the Google Feed on your phone and double-check the sources of the news stories especially if they include downloads or links to other sites. Google is usually very responsible in those matters but occasionally some might slip through their filters.


I hope that you enjoy what's to come for Shhhh! Digital Media. I'll do my best to keep bringing the stories of the Butterfly Dragon and A Lady's Prerogative to you as I have been since 2012.


Enjoy!

Brian Joseph Johns
https://www.shhhhdigital.com

200 Sherbourne Street Apt 701
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5A 3Z5

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