Copyright and Pirates
Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, is using BitTorrent and other filesharing networks as a way to promote his work. His publishers weren’t too happy about giving away free copies of his books, so he’s taken matters into his own hands.
On his website, Pirate Coelho, you are allowed to download his novels for free.
Coelho’s view is that letting people have digital copies of his books without payment increases sales. In a keynote speech at the Digital, Life, Design conference in Munich he spoke about how uploading the Russian translation of The Alchemist made his sales in Russia go from around 1,000 per year to 100,000, then a million and more.