INDIE AUTHORS BEWARE~Independent Publishing and DMCA Abuse, or “How a Scammer Got My Book Blocked with Very Little Effort” #mfrwauthor
I’m not an indie author (yet) but I have a lot of friends who are. This post is for you.
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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