I was saddened to read this from Michele, the owner of HAED on Facebook today. I know the vast majority of us obtain our charts from the author/Designer or from a recognised outlet, but it seems that one of Michele's regular customers has uploaded HAED charts (as well as a couple of other big names) to a site which allows people to download them free.
"I am so frustrated and I just got word that a regular customer for the past 5 years has been uploading our charts to a well known infringer site. Why do people do this? If we make it another year due to people uploading our charts I will be surprised"
If the charts were each downloaded just once, from the amount this person uploaded to the infringer site Michele is out of pocket by some $22,000. Its a disgrace. The woman has stolen Michele's (and her contributing artists) work. Although I see little for this woman to gain from what she has done, Michele and HAED have lost a whole lot more.
I sincerely hope that HAED dosen't have to fold over this, and the person concerned is prosecuted. I would love to see the infringer site taken down but that is a whole other process and the matter in hand for Michele at the moment is the current theft.
Please, don't accept copies, buy from your designer/author or recognised outlet. Don't let copyright infringement ruin our hobby.