UPDATE March 5, 2015: I’m happy to say Amazon put Becca Mills’ book, Nolander, today! This is a win for authors, and I’m glad Becca had the courage to share her experience so we can better know what to do if this ever happens to us. (Hopefully, it won’t.)
This is what was posted on March 3, 2015:
This is scary, folks. All self-published authors are vulnerable to this. The post is long, but it is a must read.
Anyone (for any reason) can decide to post a DCMA Takedown Notice on your book and get it removed from Amazon, Smashwords, etc. This author has registered her copyright with the US Copyright Office, but this has not been good enough, which is especially alarming because that should be our ultimate protection from stuff like this.
At the time I’m writing this (March 3, 2015), Smashwords has put her book back up. Amazon, however, has not. I’m going to keep track of what is happening.
This is something that should make us all sit up and take notice of what is going on. More importantly, we need to band together and support each other when stuff like this happens. I urge you to share this with other authors. The more people we tell, the better our chances are of protecting more authors (and even ourselves) from stuff like this happening.
My thoughts and prayers are with Becca during this horrible time.
Okay, I’ve got a story. It’s a sort of scary one. I think independent/self-publishing authors need to know about it, and telling it carefully and correctly is also important for my own situation, so I’m going to take my time and lay it all out in order.
Pressed for time? You can skip to the bottom for the TL;DR summation.
On Friday, February 27, 2015, I noticed that my bookmarked Amazon.com link to my first novel, Nolander, was yielding, “We’re sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site.” I went to my Amazon dashboard and discovered the book had been blocked.
In my spam folder, I discovered an email from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Amazon’s self-publishing arm, informing me that someone had sent in a DMCA notice. In response, Amazon had summarily blocked Nolander from sale.
“DMCA” stands for “Digital Millennium Copyright Act.”…
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