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The mysterious blogger whom Kraig conveniently fails to name in the above link is Jack Faust, and you can read the post in question here, which in turn was originally a response to Andrieh Vitimus. Faust also makes a couple more rebuttles on his own blog in response to Kraig. Go read those. Also, Mike Cecchetelli (author of Crossed Keys) weighs in as well.
Please go and read every single link I've provided above. I think it would benefit you much more than just having me say whatever's on my mind which is more so just a re-iteration of Faust's and Cecchetelli's main points.
And Llewellyn doesn't fact-check, so keep that in mind before you buy one of their pieces of shiny. Be really careful both for the sake of your wallet and your practice. I can hear the responses, "Oh but all their material works for me!" Are you really sure? I know that a few of you aren't much for pragmatism. I think it's high time for you to reconsider that position. Of course, that's a discussion for later. Please bag the whole "Well, it's been published by Llewellyn so it ought to be reliable/good" mindset and chuck it into the river.
Other things that you must read:
- Let It Begin: More Piracy Discourse, Less Brutal Rudeness - Faust's third writing on the above shenanigans/piracy as he delves into other areas such as the MP3, ebooks, and current television programs.
- Is Open Discussion Being Discouraged by Donald Michael Kraig and/or Llewellyn? - This is Rose Weaver's first-hand account about her attempts to have an open discussion with D.M. Kraig about the topic at hand. Take time to read it. Insighful!
- Pirates! Pirates Everywhere! Er... - As am author of occult works and a teacher, Frater R.O. weighs in on his thought about piracy. While posting this may appear to run counterpoint to this post, I'm including it hear because R.O. provides value as an author. His writings are worth the dough, yo.
- Pirates & Publishers - Also an author of occult works and teacher, Jason Miller gives his two cents on piracy and publishers. In the first half, he makes note the DMK is somewhat guilty of piracy, however he does not advocate it. In the latter, Miller makes it clear that one should take care not to write off a publisher completely or you just might miss a few gems (and Llewellyn does have a few).
- Dawn of the Occult Library - Justin Patrick Moore proposes that the library (in various incarnations) can be an alternative to piracy and/or shelling out the money for book purchases. Theres' a bit more to it than just what I mentioned, so I do suggest reading this one.