Some author friends of mine joke that you know you have written a winning story when it begins to show up on the pirate site. I don't laugh. As of this writing, my debut award-winning YA -paranormal, SPELLBOUND, has been pirated over 14,000 times. Really. 14,000 times. That means that if my book sells for the bank-breaking price of $2.99, and I receive 40% of the net proceeds, then roughly $11,000 dollars has been stolen from me.
If you are an author, you have seen many posts and blogs and articles on what can be done. The truth of the matter is that most of these pirate sites operate outside of the United States and therefore outside of any prosecutorial area. Additionally, pirating books is not considered a serious crime. Of course, when music was being pirated, musicians everywhere cried foul and succeeded in shutting down sites and getting teens and twenty-somethings arrested. And whenever you view a movie rental, the FIRST screen is about the serious repercussions of copying it. Whatever. Don't EVEN get me started.
So, what can you do? Admittedly, not much. Sorry, it sucks, but it's true. One thing that has worked reasonably well for me though, is the DMCA Notice.
A DMCA Notice is technically the Digital Millenium Copyright Act notice. It is sent, either by snail or email, to the administrator of the site offering your material. I have done it a number of times and been fairly successful. Usually, my books (yes, plural...they've stolen them all) are removed from the site within 48 hours. It won't cure the disease, but it will stop the flow of blood.
For your information, I am including one here. This one is from an awesome site I frequent called EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition. I highly recommend you go and visit here: http://epicorg.com/