Guidelines for respecting my copyright
If you wish to direct a prospective reader on where to acquire a free or paid copy of my story, please direct that person to the Xybears website for ALL copies of the all chapters of the story. Although there are no physical restrictions to copying Adobe Acrobat PDFs, making a physical copy of ANY version other than the free sample without my written consent is a violation of my copyright and U.S. Copyright law, and is considered PIRACY. Put simply, it's THEFT. Please don't pirate copyrighted works. It damages the legitimacy of the paid work, and it causes direct, economic harm to the content creator (in this case, ME) by depriving content creators of rightful revenues they are entitled to for their labor of creating the original work. I would never 'help myself' to YOUR money without your knowledge and consent. Please reciprocate the respect. Thank you.
However, in the interest of flexibility, sharing the FREE sample copy is permitted ONLY under the following conditions:
The free sample is always free for everyone and is not to be resold under any circumstances. The free sample is copyrighted, I still own the copyright, and choosing to distribute it for free does not diminish my rights under U.S. Copyright law. None of my works have entered the public domain and I have not given consent for them to do so.
NO VERSIONS OF MY STORY are to be modified, changed, altered, rebranded, or misrepresented under any other name. If anyone spots errors or wishes to make suggestions, they are welcome to contact me on my website for me to make corrections or consider suggestions.
No version of my work is to be reformatted under a different file format without my consent. The Acrobat Reader PDF file format is an widely-used type of file compatible with a wide range of computers and computing devices. My primary reasons for choosing it are due to its relatively open accessibility over a wide range of computing devices, as well as safeguards to protect my content from unauthorized theft and modification. I hate DRM (digital rights management) and proprietary formats with a passion because it limits both MYSELF and the READER in how the story can be enjoyed. The current format is supported nearly universally by computers (Mac, nearly all Windows PC's with Acrobat Reader installed, as well as Linux machines), most cellphones, smartphones, Ipads and other tablets, well as other computing devices. DRM and proprietary formats would take away that freedom from everyone! Please respect my copyright.
Chapter One can be copied, printed, and distributed an unlimited number of times as long as all of the above three conditions are followed.
The below text applies to everyone:
The full paid version is not be redistributed at all except through authorized channels, and as of this writing, only this website, Smashwords.com, Lulu.com. Itunes, Google Books, and Amazon are authorized! As long as you received these chapters through authorized means You may make and print ONE copy per purchased copy of these chapters for your personal use alone! If you BOUGHT ONE copy you have a LICENSE for ONE copy. Please direct all other interested readers to the Xybears website to purchase their own copies of these chapters.
I state here for the record that Xybears is my own intellectual property or IP, and I reserve all rights to it. I do not recognize derivative stories, modifications, parodies, or fan-fiction versions as either authentic or canon. I am the sole authorized producer of Xybears stories and related properties or merchandise. I honor only what is permitted under United States and international copyright laws.
For all of you who are not in the legal profession, or if you have trouble understanding 'legalese' as I do, I have provided links for the “plain English” version at Wikipedia and Wikinfo as well.
Wikipedia version of Title 17 of the United States Copyright Law
Wikinfo version of Title 17 of the United States Copyright Law