Thanks for the comments and your good suggestions. Both the newsletter and password suggestions are good possibilities. I’ve been pondering just how both of these things would work to combat the piracy. There are two ways that the pirates operate … (1) the kits are downloaded (either the preview is extracted from the kit or stolen directly from the blog image) and then uploaded to another site creating a new download link for posting on the pirate’s blog/website with the preview, (2) the download links are taken along with the preview of the product and posted on the pirate’s website. For both (1) and (2) I can request that the owners of the pirate sites remove my designs. They may or may not comply and short of taking them to court there is little I can do about it. If it’s a website outside of the US or Canada, my chances of a happy resolution are next to nil. For (2) the extreme solution is to delete everything from the storage sites (in this case 4Shared and MediaFire) so that when someone clicks on the link they have posted, they get nowhere. The last two incidents of piracy have been a #1 and a #2. The #1 is in Russia (I believe) so there is nothing I can do about that one. I’ve resolved the #2 by removing everything from 4Shared and MediaFire. This, of course, makes all the download links here invalid as well. I’ve already had emails from scrapbookers who, to the best of my knowledge, have never made a single comment, asking that I email certain kits to them. I haven’t decided what to do about that yet.
I’ll be contributing to the May MegaKit at RAKScraps so if you’re a member there you'll get a few things of mine when you download the MegaKit about the middle of May.
I’m still thinking … :)