Independent Publishing and DMCA Abuse, or “How a Scammer Got My Book Blocked with Very Little Effort”

Really important read for self-publishers.

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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.

Becca Mills - Nolander - 333x500On Friday, February 27, 2015, I noticed that my bookmarked 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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3 thoughts on “Independent Publishing and DMCA Abuse, or “How a Scammer Got My Book Blocked with Very Little Effort”

  1. I’ve had that happen with Schism. Thankfully, I contacted KDP, and one day later the problem had been resolved.

    • It blows my mind that this can happen. And the fact that she even registered her book with the US Copyright office, and Amazon didn’t accept that as proof! Scary …

  2. This is scary. Make me wonder if blogging platforms should also attatch first and most recent edit dates to blog posts in addition to the original publish date. That way everyone can see that an article first published on 20 August 2014 was first edited on 31 December 2014 and most recently on 5 March 2015. Or even make the full edit history the author can see, viewable to the reader. Just a thought. Or seven.

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