I have been hearing from a LOT recently that more SCAM BOOK SITES are appearing online in ever increasing numbers…
What can YOU do about it?
If you are an author and YOUR book(s) are being offered without your permission – issue DMCA Notices (SEE BELOW FIRST)
If you are a reader – PLEASE DO NOT USE THESE SITES!
It may be tempting to get books FOR FREE or at greatly reduced prices but…
They may be a click farm looking for your email
and you will be infected with a virus.
AUTHORS – VERY IMPORTANT!!!
DO NOT SEND THE OFFENDING SITE A DIRECT NOTICE.
If they are on Facebook – Use Facebook’s reporting form to remove their link source from Facebook’s server.
My attorney warns me not to click on them, but to send a form letter to their server.
You can find out their server here: http://www.whois.com/whois/
A copy of the take down form letter to send:
SAMPLE DMCA TAKE DOWN NOTICE
My name is INSERT NAME and I am the INSERT TITLE of INSERT COMPANY NAME.
A website that your company hosts (according to WHOIS information) is infringing on at least one copyright owned by my company.
An article was copied onto your servers without permission.
The original ARTICLE/PHOTO, to which we own the exclusive copyrights, can be found at:
PROVIDE WEBSITE URL
The unauthorized and infringing copy can be found at:
PROVIDE WEBSITE URL
This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”), and I seek the removal of the aforementioned infringing material from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately, and notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.
Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing copyright infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. Therefore, in order for you to remain immune from a copyright infringement action you will need to investigate and ultimately remove or otherwise disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.
I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights my company owns are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and I have the authority to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright(s) involved.
Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly.
City, State Zip
AUTHORS PLEASE NOTE – If YOU come across any such sites and are CERTAIN they are infringing YOUR copyright.
LET EVERYONE KNOW by POSTING it on YOUR OWN BLOG.
PLUS – send me the direct link to your post.
If I receive several such separate posts, I will publish a list of them for visitors to go to and take appropriate action after reading your post.
I suggest you use the following style post title (INCLUDING Hash Tags) to ensure the word spreads FAST on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+
#Authors #Copyright #Infringement #Notification
If you have the misconception that you are ‘Nobody Important’,
so how could you tackle such a site.
BY NOTIFYING EVERYONE ELSE SO YOU CAN
MAKE IT WORK.