EBOOK FRAUD: Spread The Word

So we can all agree that book piracy sucks.  Know what sucks even more?  People trying to illegally SELL our work.  Courtesy of Google Alerts, I found out about 45 minutes ago that Red and Forsaken By Shadow are both illegally listed at Bkspc.com.  So are my friend Susan Bischoff’s books and a whole lot of others.  It’s not limited to just self published books either.  I’ve seen books by Carina Press, Penguin and other publishers on this site.

The site is hosted through GoDaddy, so it is important that you, as author, check to see if your books are listed, and then follow the directions below to file a complaint in order to see that the domain is suspended and have GoDaddy cancel this asswipe’s hosting.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.

B. Copyright Claims (from GoDaddy’s Legal Dept.)

1. If the Complaining Party would like to submit a copyright claim for material on which you hold a bona fide copyright, Go Daddy requests that the Complaining Party substantiate such claim by providing Go Daddy with the following information via email to copyrightclaims@godaddy.com. The words “Copyright Claim” should appear in the subject line. A copyright claim can also be submitted by mail to: Copyright Agent, Go Daddy, 14455 N. Hayden Road, Suite 219, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

To be considered effective, a notification of a claimed copyright infringement must be provided to Go Daddy and must include the following information:

  1. An electronic signature of the copyright owner, or a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive copyright that has allegedly been infringed.
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works on that site.
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit Go Daddy to locate the material.
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit Go Daddy to contact the Complaining Party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the Complaining Party may be contacted.
  5. A statement that the Complaining Party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the Complaining Party is the owner, or is authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

2. For Copyright Claims, upon receipt of appropriate notification from the Complaining Party, pursuant to Section 1 of Copyright Claims above, Go Daddy will remove or disable access to the material that is claimed to be infringing.

3. If the Complaining Party provides Go Daddy with appropriate notification, pursuant to Section 1 of Copyright Claims above, including information reasonably sufficient to permit Go Daddy to locate and remove or disable the material in question, or includes information concerning repeat infringement, then Go Daddy will forward the Complaining Party’s written notification to such alleged Infringer and shall take reasonable steps promptly to notify the Infringer that it has removed or disabled access to the material.

 

For the complaint you need this information (courtesy of the fabulous and brilliant Jay Donovan):

Contact info of the owner:

Registrant Name: Xuhong Wang

Registrant Organization:

Registrant Street: No. 699, Team 5, Gejialu Village Registrant

Street: Haizhou Country

Registrant City: Kangping

Country Registrant State/Province: Liaoning

Registrant Postal Code: 110000

Registrant Country: China

Registrant Phone: +86.13022421175

Registrant Email: dprk.1024@gmail.com

site IP address: Address: 192.186.234.243

Domain registered: 2013-09-06

 

UPDATED:  THERE’S ANOTHER ONE:

Kinbk.com

 

Domain Name: KINBK.COM

Registry Domain ID: 1772822438_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN

Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com

Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com

Update Date: 2014-05-08 03:43:56

Creation Date: 2013-01-11 22:32:25

Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-01-11 22:32:25

Registrant Name: Neil Jennings

Registrant Street: 1916 Freedom Lane

Registrant City: Stockton

Registrant State/Province: CA

Registrant Postal Code: 95219

Registrant Country: United States

Registrant Phone: +1.2093516430 R

Registrant Email: dprk.1024@gmail.com

 

9 comments

  1. I’ve been fighting this site for about 3 months now as they have some of my gf’s books. They seem to only list the titles that have been on torrent sites.

    When I contact GoDaddy/PayPal, the site owner will remove the books and then re-post them 2 months later. Other sites this d-bag owns are:

    ereadin.com
    tablet-books.com
    read.la
    nookibooks.com
    shopoin.com

    I also urge everyone to contact PayPal and help try to get their account disabled. You can do that here: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/infringementrpt-full

    PayPal knows that this d-bag is doing this without copyright holder’s consent as I’ve told them several times, yet the account is still active.

    I hope you have better luck getting the sites shut down than I’ve had!

  2. Just a note, for when you find these sites: often they don’t actually have your books. They just have a server set up to “scrape” information off the internet — like the book page on Amazon with the book description and reviews and such, and the computer package that into an “ebook” with your name and title — but it’s not actually the book. And that means you likely can’t get it taken down.

    The torrent sites carry a lot of these “scraped” fake books, and nobody notices because they are into this more to spread their booty around than they are to read.

    (Not that I recommend downloading anything from their site to check things out.)

    Also, just to note: you can’t complain for someone else. You have to be the copyright holder.

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