Passive Guy received an email pointing him to a blog post by author Ruth Ann Nordin documenting the theft of two of her books by someone who has posted them for sale on Amazon.
Last night while I was checking the prices of my books on Amazon, I noticed Falling In Love With Her Husband was already priced at $2.99. I thought that was weird since the other books I put to $2.99 were still showing at $0.99. I checked the sales rank and saw it was 51,000 and thought, “Seriously? I just priced it at $2.99 and it’s already that bad?” But then I noticed the cover was blurry. Then I scrolled down and noticed it was published on June 6, 2011. Now, I knew this wasn’t my doing.
Here’s the link to the stolen book: http://www.amazon.com/Falling-Love-Her-Husband-ebook/dp/B0054QQQJ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308534574&sr=8-1.
It looks just like mine. The person stole my cover, my name, the description, and now Amazon has linked that book up to my Amazon Central Page where I have changed the description to state that it’s a stolen book and in addition to seeking legal advice, I have notified Amazon of the copyright infringement.
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Now, I also discovered another book that’s been stolen. This one is A Chance In Time, and this time the thief (aka scumbag) changed the title and cover. Here’s the other stolen book: http://www.amazon.com/Best-time-ebook/dp/B0055PERYK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1308534924&sr=1-1
I wrote “I am the real Ruth Ann Nordin, and this is a stolen copy of A Chance In Time
that I wrote and published. I have contacted Amazon to report copyright
infringement and am waiting for their response. I am also seeking legal advice
on this issue. You can get the legitimate version of this book for FREE right
here on Amazon.” Then I linked to the correct book.
Ms. Nordin is posting one-star reviews with explanations that these books have been stolen.
Link to the rest at Self-Published Authors Lounge
The legal route begins with a DMCA take-down notice, but Passive Guy wonders if anyone has some good ideas about effective non-legal responses.
What do you think about the one-star review with explanation? Does that pose any danger to the author’s brand name? Are there better/additional paths to pursue?