TUEBL is just fine.
But six-strikes rumors have sent a chill through the ebookworm community. For those who missed it, the United States’ six-strikes schemes, like it’s foreign cousins the three–strikes, is a plan hatched between the copyright industries (read: Hollywood, Record Labels, and other non-artist middlemen) to stop people downloading and sharing art for free. The gist of the scheme is: get caught with illegal downloads six times and….. something bad will happen to you. It’s all a little hazy. Not all ISPs are participating, and those that are have varying plans to enforce the scheme, ranging reeducation courses to disconnection. While these schemes are fighting against something which is very often beneficial to artists and also a human right, the sad fact it that their aggressive, anti-artist rhetoric built on shakey arguments has had a good run at driving a wedge between fans and the creative content they love.
Here’s the good news: TUEBL bookworms have nothing to worry about.
While our e-librarians love sharing as much as the next avid reader, in order to keep bringing books to readers all over the world, TUEBL must survive. That’s why TUEBL has one of the strictest DMCA policies out there – stricter even than YouTube or Google. For even the mildly literate, the DMCA-compliant takedown process is easy to follow: after clicking on the DMCA Takedown button – clearly marked under every book – the author or authorized party can put in basic information to ensure they have the right to the book in question. After that, the book is gone. Yes, it may be uploaded again – TUEBL is user-driven and doesn’t control what its readers upload (just like YouTube…) but the process is simple enough that it maintains accountability, prevents abuse, and keeps TUEBL on the right side of the law.
Yes, TUEBL goes down sometimes.
When TUEBL goes down, it’s not because our librarians have gotten scared. It’s not because anyone’s behind bars. It’s not because ICE has closed our doors. It’s because sometimes tech things go wrong. That shit’s complicated, and sometimes it needs fixing.
So when a dreaded error page crops up, take a breath and relax! Wait a bit, check back soon, and be happy that someone, somewhere is working hard to get our library’s doors open again. Keep a stockpile of books ready for emergencies. And as always, you can check in with TUEBL on Twitter or Facebook for the most updated information.