On June 20, Passive Guy blogged about author Ruth Ann Nordin and her problems with pirated copies of her books posted on Amazon.
We have an update and you’re not going to like what you read.
First, on June 28, Ms. Nordin had an interaction with Amazon.
Okay, so last week I sent off the DMCA take down notice for the third stolen book I found for sale on Amazon at this link: http://www.amazon.com/the-path-to-christmas-pdf-ebook/dp/B0054DW3GW/ref=sr_1_40?ie=UTF8&qid=1309296125&sr=8-40. The book has been flagged by me and a couple others as a stolen book. I’ve posted about it on the blogs and on Facebook, making the same kind of noise I made with the first two stolen books that Amazon did remove.
The difference between this book and the two Amazon took down is that this book (The Path to Christmas) was only published through Smashwords and its distribution channels, and since I opt out for Amazon distribution, it didn’t go on Amazon. So from this I deduct that if it’s not already on Amazon, they don’t care. I don’t know what else I can assume.
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Another author emailed KDP about her concern regarding Amazon not removing stolen books when being notified of the theft. Here’s KDP’s response:
If you believe your work has been used in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our copyright agent the written information specified below. This procedure is exclusively for notifying Amazon that your copyrighted material has been infringed.
-An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
-A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed upon;
-A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site, including the auction ID number, if applicable;
-Your address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
-A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law
-A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Amazon’s Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on its site can be reached as follows:
Amazon.com Legal Department
P.O. Box 81226
Seattle, WA 98108
Amazon.com Legal Department
410 Terry Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109-5210
If you believe your work is being violated on the Amazon.co.uk site, please follow the instructions here and submit a completed Notice Form:
I hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Did I answer your question?
Sounds simple enough, right? Except, what if you follow these guidelines (and the DMCA does make sure all that is in there) and Amazon doesn’t follow through? Then what?
I sent Amazon’s copyright office and KDP emails sending them the DMCA take down notice I sent last week and then specifying when I sent it and that I got no response.
Link to the rest at Self-Published Author’s Lounge
Nothing good has happened, so on July 6, Ms. Nordin made another post.
And I have an appointment with a copyright lawyer this Friday (July 8). The response I keep getting (over and over again) is to contact Amazon’s copyright department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Yeah, I contacted them by this email twice already. I would have seen a copyright lawyer sooner, but the July 4th weekend put a lot of them on vacation. So this is the soonest I can get a consultation.
I have no idea what happens in this process, but I’ll post about it so everyone will know what to expect if they ever have to seek an attorney in the event their book is stolen and Amazon (or some other place) refuses to take it down.
Link to the rest at Self-Published Authors Lounge
Passive Guy says we need to help Ruth Ann.
Everybody blog, everybody Tweet, everybody post on Facebook. Use the words “Amazon” and “Piracy” right up front. Include “Ruth Ann Nordin” somewhere in the body. PG will use the hashtag, #AmazonPiracy.
PG doesn’t care if you link or where you link, but make a fuss that shows up everywhere Amazon’s social networking folks watch.
If you want to send an email to email@example.com, that might help as well.
About a thousand different people stop by this blog on a daily basis. The title of this blog post will go out to not quite 3500 of PG’s followers on Twitter. If everybody blogs, tweets, retweets, etc., with the word to pass the information along, we should be able to make a ripple on the Internet.
Ruth Ann is an author who could use some support. She’s experiencing something that could happen to any indie author. It won’t cost any of us anything to get together and start making a lot of noise.
PG plans to retweet every tweet he sees about Amazon and Piracy today, so he’ll apologize to followers ahead of time for repeating the same message.