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Illegally downloading an e-book from a torrent or accepting it from a friend is copyright infringement and theft of intellectual property. The purchase of an e-book is no different than the purchase of a computer program you purchased from Microsoft. It is simply a license. You do NOT own the e-book so you CAN NOT do with it as you please. Misuse of the license is theft and if you engage in the illegal use of the e-book, you are a thief.

"I was hoping you'd come to visit, Annalise," he said, eyes downcast. "It gets so lonely here."

She reached across the table to take his hand in hers. Tilting her head to one side, she gave him an understanding nod. "I'm just sorry it took so long for me to get up the courage to come see you, Rafe," she told him. Tears filled her eyes. "I was so ashamed."

He used his free hand to wipe away a tear as it slid down his ashen face. "I know, baby, and I'm sorry."

"It's been so awful," she sobbed.

"For me, too, baby. I miss you most at night," he said. "That bunk gets mighty cold and I get mighty hard just thinking about what I'm missing."

"I ache for you, Rafe," she admitted. "I lay awake thinking of you and everything we've lost."

He turned his eyes to the ceiling. "Why, oh why, did I pirate those damned e-books!"

"You didn't know it was illegal, sweetheart," she defended him. "You were just sharing with your friends."

He tore his hands from hers. "Yes, I did! I knew. I knew!" he said with a snarl, getting up to pace. He plowed a hand through his hair. "I knew if I uploaded those Ellora's Cave books of yours to Demonoid and BitJunkie I was running the risk of being found out. I knew it was copyright infringement and worse--theft of intellectual property but I just didn't care! I was in the groove, baby. In the groove! All the other e-pirates were scoffing at the authors and publishers, telling me how rich they are and how they wouldn't miss a few bucks here and there."

His wife hung her head. "We know that isn't true, now."

"Yeah, we know now but back then I was listening to the other e-pirates and their BS about how we had a right to take what didn't belong to us. I bought into that crap about how we didn't have to answer to anyone and that the only thing that mattered was what we wanted. The hell with the authors who struggled to write the book. The hell with the publishers. The hell with anyone other than me! I was having too much fun to care about anyone other than myself."

"Fun?" she gasped, eyes wide, lips parted in shock. "Fun, Rafe? There's nothing fun about five years in prison and $250,000 in fines, Rafe. It wasn't fun when the border patrol's cybercrimes division knocked down our door and arrested you in front of Pastor Twiddle and his wife! We lost our house to pay for the lawyer. I've had to take a job at Wally's House of Waffles just to put bread on the table for me and Little Rafe Jr." She buried her face in her hands. "It's terrible having people stop on the street and point at us as we drive by in that old junker you used as a fishing truck because they repossessed our Lexus. Now that they've terminated our internet, I can't even keep up with what's happening on YouTube!" Her shoulders shook. "It's awful. It's just so awful!"

Rafe stopped pacing. He put his hands on his hips and hung his head. "Yeah, I know. As tough as it's been on you, it's been equally tough on me here at Pelican Bay. They put me on a no-electro tier."

Annalise gasped. "Oh, Rafe, you don't mean...?"

"Yes," he said, muscle working in his cheek. "No television or radios. All we've got are print books to pass the time and no copy machine."


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