The mother of missing Madeleine McCann has lashed out at social media users who are apparently stealing extracts from the best selling book she wrote about her missing daughter.
Via the official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page, a spokesperson for Kate McCann wrote:
'I would like to remind those who are sharing Kate's book online, you are violating copyright law.
'Kate's publisher has notified Facebook and other social media networks of the links and people engaging in this illegal activity. You risk having your Facebook account terminated and could face prosecution brought by the publisher. Downloading and sharing copyrighted material is illegal.'
'If you see Kate's book posted online out of the normal ways to purchase an e-book, please let us know.
'We will notify Kate's publisher and they will have the links removed and determine if the person posting should be prosecuted.'
'For those posting that we are trying to make money, you are absolutely wrong! By posting the book online, you are stealing from the publisher.
'Kate was given an advance for her book which was put into the fund. This isn't about us making money.
'It's about participating in an illegal activity and stealing from the publisher, which is punishable under the law.
'If you don't want to purchase the book, that's fine. Just don't steal it!'
In May 2011 Kate penned her memoirs 'to give an account of the truth' and to help boost the dwindling public fund set up to find her daughter.
It made £1million (AU$1.6 million) from sales and a newspaper fee for serialisation which went straight into the search for Madeleine.
Kate and her husband Gerry have recently been subjected to a torrent of online abuse after it was revealed that Scotland Yard had been given an extra £85,000 (AU$136,000) to continue the hunt for Madeleine – who, aged three, vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal's Praia da Luz in May 2007 whilst her parents were dining at a nearby restaurant.
This story originally appeared on New Idea.