My mother told [my father] at once that she liked Father O’Flynn, the song for writing which my father will be chiefly remembered. He had put the words to a traditional jig tune ‘The Top of Cork Road’, which he remembered from his boyhood. Sir Charles Stanford supplied a few chords for the setting. My father sold the complete rights for one guinea. Boosey, the publisher, made thousands. Sir Charles Stanford, who drew a royalty as the composer, also collected a very large sum. Recently my father has been sent a few pounds from gramophone rights. He is not bitter about all this, but has more than once impressed upon me almost religiously never to sell for a sum down the complete rights of any work of mine whatsoever.
~ Good-bye to All That, Chapter I
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Where do pirates and plagiarists obtain the writing they steal? Books with unregistered copyright, and cheap (priced far below value) or free e-books.
Unregistered copyrights encourage intellectual property theft.
Free or cheap e-books make it easy and inexpensive to produce illegal copies.
Cheap or free e-books make it difficult for all Authors to make a living.
Authors, defend your hard work.
Register copyright. The certificate is legal proof of ownership.
Price your writing fairly. Charge commensurate with the work’s value.
Discontinue all free e-book giveaways. Award only bound printed copies. Limit digital sample size.
Support public library borrowing: the ethical way to obtain and read free books.
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