Piracy of electronic materials such as e-books, movies, or music IS A CRIME. If you download any of these items for free from any website other than a reputable and world recognized retailer (such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the Apple iStore), you are in essence receiving stolen property and that IS A CRIME. You are denying the creator of the work money they would have earned from a legal sale of that material. You are stealing, which IS A CRIME.
If you copy any of these materials and upload them to any website (such as Kickass Torrents or Miss Literati among many, many others), you are committing an ILLEGAL act and are in violation of the creator's copyrights. Not only that, but you are also denying the creator of the work money they would have earned from a legal sale of that material. Stealing IS A CRIME.
Just today I found in my news feed reports from two fellow independent authors that they had discovered links to pirated copies of their work. A friend of mine, also an indie author, sent me a private message saying she was compelled to see if her work had been pirated, and it had. I myself am also a victim of piracy -- all four of my books have been pirated multiple times.
Please people, DON'T BE A CRIMINAL. Do not upload or download an illegal copy of a book, movie, or song.