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Crion Black

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Copy Fraud - Am I Over?
Posted: Aug 22, 2014 5:39 PM
 
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I'm new to self-pub.

I received the following email this morning:

We have received a number of complaints that the distribution of the following books you submitted for sale through the Amazon Kindle Store was not authorized by original rights holders:

As a result, we’ve suspended sales of these books, pending the confirmation of your publishing rights.

To confirm your rights to distribute the books listed above, please provide any documentation or
other evidence that proves you have retained the rights to publish the books.

Alternatively, you may have the rights holders contact us directly with confirmation that you have retained the necessary rights.

We take violations of intellectual property rights very seriously.
The submission of books that violate third-party rights is a violation of our agreement and may lead to suspension or termination of your account, among other remedies.
Please ensure that you own sufficient rights to all content that you publish on the Kindle.

They give three of my books.

Well, I looked at a selling genre and wrote a book around them. I didn't think it was going to be this severe. I didn't copy anything. The story stayed in my memory and I had significantly altered it.

I have the word files which I wrote myself, taking significant effort.

I don't want KDP to ban me. I don't care if they take those three books out, just as long as they keep me publishing.

What should I do? Am I finished? This is my only income-stream ATM. Help!
tunskit

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Re: Copy Fraud - Am I Over?
Posted: Aug 22, 2014 6:27 PM   in response to: Crion Black in response to: Crion Black
 
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I haven't dealt with this issue personally, but I think your first step would be to contact Support to determine what they accept as proof. They might also be able to tell you which books yours are too similar to for copyright clarity. It sounds like you can keep publishing if you can either prove you wrote them, and they are your original ideas, or if you agree to unpublish those three. I'm not sure of that, of course, which is why I suggest talking to Amazon--well, emailing, since we KDPers aren't worthy of phone support. ;-)
Daniell Snow

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Re: Copy Fraud - Am I Over?
Posted: Aug 22, 2014 9:13 PM   in response to: Crion Black in response to: Crion Black
 
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Ugh...
Andrew Brown

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Re: Copy Fraud - Am I Over?
Posted: Aug 23, 2014 3:54 AM   in response to: tunskit in response to: tunskit
 
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tunskit wrote:
which is why I suggest talking to Amazon--well, emailing, since we KDPers aren't worthy of phone support. ;-)

Although we can only email into customer support, which I can understand otherwise they would never be off the phone, if there is a serious issue, customer service can actually call you back.

I had an issue where somebody on the forums had threatened to report me for getting into an "argument" with him because I disagreed with his pov.

I emailed in to customer services explaining my situation and my side of things, trying to head it off. I live in the UK and received a phone call from the US, which it turned out to be customer services. They reassured me that no complaint had been made, listened to my reasons for my email to them and logged it just in case a complaint did come in.

I have never had an issue contacting customer services. They always reply to my emails within 48 hours.
swolf79

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Re: Copy Fraud - Am I Over?
Posted: Aug 23, 2014 4:38 AM   in response to: Crion Black in response to: Crion Black
 
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"The story stayed in my memory and I had significantly altered it."

That could mean a whole lot of things. What do you mean by 'significantly altered it'?

Why didn't you just make up your own story?

As an author who's had a few of his books rewritten scene-by-scene and passed off by another author as theirs, I've seen this from the other side.
maxM

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Re: Copy Fraud - Am I Over?
Posted: Aug 23, 2014 4:51 PM   in response to: Crion Black in response to: Crion Black
 
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The story stayed in my memory and I had significantly altered it.

You cannot, under any circumstances, lift the plot from another authors work. That is called plagiarism and it can land you in hot water.

Many new writers don't understand the difference between plagiarism and tropes.

For example, you can write a story about a small town girl who falls in love with a vampire.

You cannot rewrite the entire Twilight novel in your own words. It's easy to spot, readers will notice, and someone will tell the author.

The author will then contact Amazon or even worse contact a lawyer. While you may not have realized you were doing anything wrong, it won't matter.

So always make sure the plot 100% your own. Don't copy another writers sequence of events - it's stealing and very easy to prove.
tunskit

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Re: Copy Fraud - Am I Over?
Posted: Aug 23, 2014 5:27 PM   in response to: maxM in response to: maxM
 
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maxM wrote:
The story stayed in my memory and I had significantly altered it.

You cannot, under any circumstances, lift the plot from another authors work. That is called plagiarism and it can land you in hot water.

Many new writers don't understand the difference between plagiarism and tropes.

For example, you can write a story about a small town girl who falls in love with a vampire.

You cannot rewrite the entire Twilight novel in your own words. It's easy to spot, readers will notice, and someone will tell the author.

The author will then contact Amazon or even worse contact a lawyer. While you may not have realized you were doing anything wrong, it won't matter.

So always make sure the plot 100% your own. Don't copy another writers sequence of events - it's stealing and very easy to prove.

Excellent response!

cdalebrittain

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Re: Copy Fraud - Am I Over?
Posted: Aug 23, 2014 5:34 PM   in response to: Crion Black in response to: Crion Black
 
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Your best bet is to beg Amazon's forgiveness and promise never to do it again. Forget those three books. Paraphrasing someone else's story and calling it yours is still plagiarizing.

Write some new books of your own, with your own plot and own ch aracters. Good luck.
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