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melanie fell

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Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 5:47 AM
 
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I received this email today for KDP...

During a review of your KDP submission, we found content in your book that is freely available on the web. Before we can publish your book, you need to take one of the following actions within five days:

1. If you hold the publishing rights for all of the content in this book, resubmit your book for publishing following the instructions provided below.
2. If the book is in the public domain, please confirm the initial publication date of the work and the author’s date of death. By sending us the requested public domain information, you are giving KDP permission to publish this book on your behalf. We will contact you if we need additional information.
3. If you do not hold rights for all of the content in this book, please remove the book following the instructions provided below.

If you publish books for which you do not hold the electronic publishing rights, we may terminate your account or you may lose access to optional KDP services.

Best Regards,

Kindle Direct Publishing
http://kdp.amazon.com

Follow these steps to resubmit a book for publishing:
1. Log in to your KDP account at http://kdp.amazon.com
2. In the "Bookshelf" section, find the book you want to edit shown in “Draft” status, and in the ‘Other Book Actions’ column, click ‘Edit Book Details’.
3. Check your book details, scroll down to the bottom of the ‘Your Book’ section and click ‘Save and Continue’
4. On the ‘Rights & Pricing’ page, you need to reconfirm Content Rights.
5. Confirm that you have all rights to publish by clicking on the box at the bottom.
6. Scroll to the bottom of the page, ‘Save and Publish’

It can take up to 24 hours for your book to appear as "Live" on the KDP Bookshelf. We will contact you if we need additional information.

To remove a book never published (no ASIN below title):
1. Log in to your KDP account at http://kdp.amazon.com
2. At the right of the book click the "Delete" button under the "Other Book Actions" column
3. Click "Delete"

To remove a previously published book (with ASIN below title):
1. Log in to your KDP account at http://kdp.amazon.com
2. Find the ‘Other Book Actions’ column to the right of the title you want to unpublish, and click ‘Unpublish’.
3. Confirm the ID or ASIN shown in the confirmation window are correct and click ‘Unpublish’

When you unpublish a book from the Kindle Store, it should become unavailable to buy within 24-72 hours. It will then be unsearchable from the Amazon storefront after a minimum of one week. It will not be available for purchase until you republish it.

My question is I bought this book edited it and added it to createspace and KDP for publishing.

It came with this License below don't I own the rights to publish it? Can someone please let me know if I'm doing something wrong?

Private Label Rights Terms & Conditions

YES Can be edited.
YES Can put your name as the author.
YES Can be broken down into articles.
YES Can be used as web or e-zine content.
YES Can be added into membership sites.
YES Can be sold in any format.
YES Can be packaged/bundled
YES Can be offered as a bonus
YES Can be given away (in any format)
YES Can be sold on auction sites.
YES Can offer (Master) Resell Rights.
YES Can resell Private Label Rights.
YES Can be published offline.

If you are passing any rights on to your customers, you must include this license, or one AT LEAST as restrictive.

In short, you can do almost anything you want with this product, as long as it's legal.

This product comes with NO warranty or guarantee of any kind.

The author and distributor hereby disclaim all liability for the use of this product. You accept all responsibility by using/selling it.

booknookbiz

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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 8:34 AM   in response to: melanie fell in response to: melanie fell
 
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Hi, Melanie:

Unfortunately, it sounds like you've been scammed. Private Label Rights books are not, generally speaking, publishable on the KDP. I'm going to assume that like most private label rights books, you bought it without exclusive rights (otherwise, you wouldn't be getting this email from Amazon).

There were a plethora of these about...2 years ago?...I think it was, and Amazon did a massive sweep, removing all the books that had been published under this type of arrangement. The problem is, you are not publishing your OWN content, and the content you bought--the book--isn't your own unique work. Nor, apparently, did you secure exclusive rights to publish it, like a publisher would. You don't know how many other people out there have already published the same book here at the KDP.

You either have to effectively rewrite (not just edit) the entire thing, AND create at least 30% unique content for it, or take it down. I'm sorry if you were taken in by some unscrupulous person, but anyone selling PLR already knows that these books are not publishable at Amazon. I hope you didn't pay a lot for it.

If I'm mistaken, and you purchased exclusive rights, like a publishing house does, then you need to go back to the person from whom you secured the exclusive rights, and determine what they did to obtain that content. There are a lot of "books" out there that are nothing more than scraped content from the web (like recipes, particularly, or other topic books that basically come right out of wikipedia). Either way, it's likely you should try to get your money back.

Lastly, if everything I've said here is wrong--if the content is unique, and not scraped; if you did buy the exclusive rights--then you need to email Amazon and explain how they are mistaken. Show them your rights contract, and see what happens.

Best of luck to you.

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R. C. Butler

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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 8:56 AM   in response to: melanie fell in response to: melanie fell
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Based on the license posted, you have licence to the publishing rights, all you have to do is resubmit and check that box.
melanie fell

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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 8:59 AM   in response to: R. C. Butler in response to: R. C. Butler
 
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Thank you so much R. C. Butler I greatly appreciate your quick response!

Have an awesome day!

Melanie
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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 10:21 AM   in response to: R. C. Butler in response to: R. C. Butler
 
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Sorry, RC, this is still Private Label Rights, even if she did "edit" it some. Hitch explained it well. Amazon is still not going to accept it. If she has some books of her own, they will get taken down as well, and she will be banned if she persists in trying to publish.
melanie fell

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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 10:22 AM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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Oh no! I just had someone before you say that he looked at the license in my post and said that I have PLR and all I had to do was resubmit the book and publish, so thats what I did....
R. C. Butler

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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 10:35 AM   in response to: Connie in response to: Connie
 
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There are some private label rights publications through KDP. I can not speak to Amazon policies other than what is stated in the terms of service which indicate that a publisher need only have obtained the publication rights to proceed. These are not Public Domain rights and should not be treated the same. From a legal perspective this is no different than obtaining non-exclusive publication rights. In fact that is precisely what it is. According to the TOS this is allowed. If Amazon finds the same book for a lesser price point (or free) they will price match as is their right in the TOS however there is nothing in there that restricts publishing documents to which you have obtained the non-exclusive publication rights (unless such product is enrolled in select).

If Amazon is not following this, then they are going against their own TOS.
melanie fell

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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 10:41 AM   in response to: R. C. Butler in response to: R. C. Butler
 
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Thank you R C! I read the TOS before I published my book and thought I read the same thing, but since I'm new to publishing, I thought I better inquire just to be clear. I did resubmit my book and replied to KDP via email with a copy of the license, hopefully this will clear things up.

Thanks again!

Melanie
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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 10:45 AM   in response to: R. C. Butler in response to: R. C. Butler
 
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I stand corrected, having just reviewed the Content Guidlines (aside from the TOC) the following statement

We will not accept content that is freely available on the web unless you are the copyright owner of that content.

would indicate that if the content is freely available you could not post as, though you licensed the rights, you are not the copyright owner. In this case, if someone else has posted the content free (which you can not control) then they can reject the file.
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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 10:47 AM   in response to: melanie fell in response to: melanie fell
 
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Worst case scenario, they will reject the title at which point there is not much you can do. The content they approve and reject is solely up to them.
melanie fell

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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 10:49 AM   in response to: R. C. Butler in response to: R. C. Butler
 
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Oh boy....ok well nothing I can do now it's under review. I guess I have to sit and wait to see if KDP responds to my email or if they pull my books.

Thanks you RC...

I guess we both read it wrong :(

Melanie
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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 10:56 AM   in response to: melanie fell in response to: melanie fell
 
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I wouldn't worry about your previous books being pulled. All they will do is reject the current title if they see it as an issue. So long as you're not actively trying to bypass their choice they are not going to take any other action. If rejected they will notify you and you simply won't be able to publish that title.
melanie fell

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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 10:59 AM   in response to: R. C. Butler in response to: R. C. Butler
 
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What really puzzles me is that this book along with others are already published through createspace and I've had purchases, but I thought I could increase those purchases by adding them to KDP? Aren't Amazon and KDP apart of the same?

Melanie
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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 11:11 AM   in response to: melanie fell in response to: melanie fell
 
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They are but there are different content regulations for each. Createspace rarely rejects any content if the publisher has rights or can prove the title is Public Domain. KDP policy is not as loose on PD works and they are often rejected.
melanie fell

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Re: Private Label Rights
Posted: Oct 8, 2015 11:20 AM   in response to: R. C. Butler in response to: R. C. Butler
 
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Ahhh...I see well I guess I'll just sit and wait. But I don't think that I will publish anymore to KDP. Funny thing is I could sell them from my own website for probably more money and without the hassle. Oh well we live and learn.

Thanks again for the information and conversation!

Take care!

Melanie
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