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Copyright Infringement (An Update)

Earlier today (6 March 2019), I posted about the illegal uploading of my book, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” to Youtube. In that post I explained how the issue had been reported by me to Youtube. My thanks to everyone who commented on the earlier article and shared it via WordPress and Twitter.

I am pleased to let you know that Youtube have taken down the illegally uploaded segment of my book, and a message now appears stating that the content was removed due to a copyright claim by myself.

I reported the infringement to Youtube at approximately 7 pm (UK time) yesterday evening, and received notification that the content had been removed earlier this evening. Given the number of copyright infringements with which Youtube deals, I am pleased at how quickly they dealt with my takedown request.

(For me reading the title poem from “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” which is, appropriately enough entitled “The Writer’s Pen”, please see below),

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Copyright Infringement

It is said that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. I was reminded of this much used (and abused) saying when I discovered that someone has (without my permission) uploaded a segment of the audio version of my book, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” to Youtube. This is, of course a clear violation of my copyright and I have, therefore reported the matter to Youtube. (Anyone who finds that their work is appearing, without their permission on Youtube can report copyright violation here, https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2807622?hl=en-GB. Please note, I have not given the URL containing the infringing material as I do not wish to drive traffic to the infringer’s Youtube channel.

The Writer’s Pen” was published in September 2018, and the audio edition (narrated by Alex Lee, and available from Audible here https://www.audible.com/pd/B07KPN5FCH in November of that same year. As all users of Audible will be aware, anyone considering purchasing a book can, prior to purchasing, listen to a sample of the work in question. In the case of the illegal upload of my copyrighted work, the person uploading “The Writer’s Pen” indicates that the whole book is available (for free). However he (or she) has, in fact uploaded the sample segment of my book and stated that the whole work can be obtained at a site offering audio books. In fact the uploader eroneously names a website (other than Audible), and on investigating the site in question no search results are returned for “The Writer’s Pen”.

As stated at the start of this post, my copyright in “The Writer’s Pen” has been infringed and this issue has been raised with Youtube. I am, however puzzled as to the motives of the uploader. Why should they name an incorrect site as the source for the audio version of my book? Are they, perhaps seeking to drive traffic to that other site in the hope that people will purchase downloads there? I don’t know. However I suspect that this may well be the case.

I also wonder why only the sample segment from Audible was uploaded. In this instance, I suspect the answer is that the uploader did not wish to purchase my book, which they would need to do where they to have uploaded it in it’s entirety. The sample is, however free to access and is, therefore an easy target for anyone wishing to infringe copyright.

I will update this blog when I hear back from Youtube.

Kevin

A Review of My book, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” of

I was delighted to receive a review, on Ink Pantry of my book, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”.

For the review please follow this link, http://www.inkpantry.com/books-from-the-pantry-the-writers-pen-and-other-poems-by-kevin-morris-reviewed-by-giles-l-turnbull/

Kevin

My Morning

In line with my new year resolution to eat healthily, I popped into my local Wetherspoon, the Postal Order (https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/england/london/the-postal-order-crystal-palace), and enjoyed a healthy breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs, Hash Browns, baked beans and tomatos. Well the tomato was fresh so can, I feel sure be classified as healthy …

Following my light snack, I popped into the barbbers to have my beard trimmed. As the good man wielded the cut throat razor, I pondered idly on Sweeny Todd (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweeney_Todd). Fortunately the establishment lacks blacked out windows and as I was shaved customers came and went, so I didn’t end up in Mr Todd’s cellar or in any pies – well this time at any rate …

On leaving the barbers, I visited Upper Norwood Library (https://www.uppernorwoodlibraryhub.org), and enquired whether they would consider stocking my collection of poetry, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1730814883/). On learning that I was a local author (I live some 15 minutes walk from the library), the helpful librarian said that they liked to support local authors and took a copy of my book which will, I hope soon appear on the library’s shelves.

I shall close now as I feel the need for a further walk, as my healthy breakfast is still, quite unaccountably weighing me down!

Looking Forward, Looking Back

A little later than intended, here are my reflections on 2018, followed by my plans for 2019, as regards my writing.

In september 2018, I published a collection of 44 poems entitled “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” My book includes poems on a variety of topics including nature, the passing of time, mortality and politics.
“The Writer’s Pen” can be found here:

(for the UK e-book edition) and here

(for amazon.com e-book edition).
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1730814883/ (for the paperback edition)
And https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1730814883/ (for the paperback edition).

Later in the year, I was delighted to release the audio edition, which is narrated by the excellent Alex Lee and can be found here:
https://www.audible.com/pd/B07KPN5FCH (for amazon.com customers)
And http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Writers-Pen-and-Other-Poems-Audiobook/B07KPPQ2K2 (for UK customers).

Prior to the release of “The Writer’s Pen” I was delighted to appear on Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s The World Poetry Reading Series, during which I read from my (then) forthcoming collection and discussed my poetry. You can find a podcast of my interview here, http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=13500.

Looking forward, in 2015 I published “Dalliance: A Collection of Poetry and Prose” as an e-book, https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QQVJC7E/. While a paperback edition was published, the company who produced it is no longer in business and “Dalliance” is, therefore only available in Kindle format. In 2019 this will be rectified by the publication of a Print on Demand (POD) edition, which will be available to purchase from Amazon. Once the paperback is available a note will appear on this website.

2019 will also see the publication of a selection of some of my humorous verses. Again, please watch this space.

Kevin

A walk through Spa Woods

Earlier this afternoon I took a walk with my friend Shanelle through Spa Woods, which is situated some few minutes walk from my home. Prior to entering the woods, one comes across Tivoli Lodge, built in 1830 by Decimus Burton. Initially it served as the entrance lodge to Royal Beulah Spa and Pleasure Gardens, though the Spa has now been demolished.

Please see photos of our walk and the woods below:

 

IMG_2128Myself and Trigger outside of Tivoli Lodge.

IMG_2130Myself and Trigger outside of Tivoli Lodge, but with me smiling this time!

IMG_2149A close-up of one of the trees.

IMG_2150The trees along the path.

IMG_2154Close-up of a tree.

IMG_2161Myself and Trigger on the path.

IMG_2165Looking back, at the end of the path.

 

A number of my poems have been inspired by Spa Woods, including the below:

In the Woods Dark Heart

“In the wood’s dark heart,

The breeze,

Whispers in the trees,

Words that I cannot comprehend.

May God send

Me peace

And this breeze

Never cease.”

The above poem can be found in ‘The Writer’s Pen and other Poems’. You can get the audio book here for the UK and here for the US.

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Audio-book cover for ‘The Writer’s Pen and other Poems’.

My work featured in Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s The World Poetry Reading Series Christmas Broadcast

I was delighted to receive an email from Ariadne Sawyer, the producer of The World Poetry Reading Series on Vancouver Co-Op Radio, in which she informs me that my work has been featured in a broadcast on Thursday 20 December, http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-café-23.

Earlier in the year I was honoured to be interviewed by Ariadne regarding my book “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, and a segment of that interview appears approximately 20 minutes into the Christmas broadcast, including me reading 3 of the poems from “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”.

To listen to a free sample of “The Writer’s Pen” or to purchase the book on Audible, please visit https://www.audible.com/pd/B07KPN5FCH. “The Writer’s Pen” is also available as a Kindle download and in paperback and can be found here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1LBMV/ (Kindle edition), and here https://www.amazon.com/dp/1730814883/ (paperback edition).