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I have been making my living, full-time, on the internet for the past 14+ years. Before that I owned a computer store where approximately one-third of our $2m+ yearly sales were from online marketing. I guess you could say that I know a thing or two about making money online.

I split my time between my hometown of Henryetta, OK and my adopted home town of South Park... ummm... I mean Salida, CO

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Amazon Stole My Copyrighted eBook! What Would You Do?

Mar 10th 2011 at 8:44 PM

Well... Not Amazon but some unscrupulous resellers have published one of my eBooks in Kindle format on Amazon. The book was provided by me with resell rights but only if it was distributed in its current format (PDF). There were no rights given to sell the book in any other format, especially one that makes the clickable links to my websites useless.

Do a search at Amazon for: "Quick and Easy Blogger SEO Code Mods" and see what you find. One of the people mispelled my name. One listed herself as the author, along with me. And another listed himself as an editor with no attribution to me as the author.

First, I was (and still am) using this eBook in giveaway events, so anyone can get it in PDF format for free. Actually if you want it for free you can grab it here. But I'm still unsure what to do about those unscrupulous resellers on Amazon.

I could report them to Amazon and jump through their hoops to file a copyright infringement claim. Below is the info from Amazon to do just that:


Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement

If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide's copyright agent the written information specified below. Please note that 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.'s Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on its site can be reached as follows:

Copyright Agent Legal Department P.O. Box 81226 Seattle, WA 98108 phone: (206) 266-4064 fax: (206) 266-7010 e-mail:

Courier address: Copyright Agent Legal Department 410 Terry Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109-5210 USA


Quite a large hoop to jump through for something that I am giving away anyhow...

I have begun to look at it like this... Although the links do not work from a Kindle, my websites and my name as an author are still being spread virally. This will help me in branding for a larger project that I have in the works for the future. So there is a positive side to this mess.

On the negative side, it could encourage others to do the same with some of the other eBooks and Courses that I have authored, even though there are limited or no rights to redistribute them. I probably need to make a stand to show that I will enforce the licensing on my products to avoid future infringements.

There is one step I will be taking to ensure that there is no question of whether or not something that I sell or give away can be distributed in this way. I will add a line in my licensing describing the terms for distribution on Amazon.

Maybe I could add a line at the end of the book stating that if someone bought the book on Amazon, the seller was in violation of his resell rights agreement and they should ask for a refund. Most of these people do not actually read what they are putting up there for sale, they just reformat from PDF to Kindle. If it has good title and a nice graphic, its ready to go!

I've explored the issue. I've laid out the pros and cons and looked at the solutions. Now... If this happened to you... What Would You Do?


UPDATE: Amazon apparently found this article and have now removed all illegal copies of the book from their site.

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