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UPDATE: After being told "no", Becca was told "yes". I'm sure a sudden surge of emails helped. Although I doubt I'll be getting a personal reply from Jeff Bezzos now, I'm very happy for Becca.


If you haven't read Becca Mill's post on a fraudulent DMCA takedown notice ... do it now.

A lot of people are suggesting Becca take legal action. She can't. Typically in these cases it is possible to SUE the accuser. However, her accuser is in India, and she can't sue Amazon.

Amazon is NOT liable if they repost the book since Becca has already posted a counter-notice. Smashwords even recognizes that, and that the evidence of copyright infringement was spurious, so they reposted her book.

What we can do: email [email protected] AND cc' [email protected]

Becca's book is unique and beautiful. If you're afraid to email as a "grumpy author" email as a FAN and a CUSTOMER.

Her book's name is Nolander, and the ASIN is: B007R6PPZA

 

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Someone who did write in, can you post what you wrote? I tried to draft something but I'm really not sure at all what to say as a reader OR an author, but I'd love to help. This is terrible >;(
 

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Dear Mr. Bezzos,

I am a customer of Amazon. An author I am a fan of was recently accused of copyright infringement on Amazon and Smashwords. She sent Amazon and Smashwords counter-notice on March 2, 2015. After reviewing the evidence Smashwords, a much smaller company, posted her book back up right away.

Her accuser is in India. She cannot sue for copyright fraud because of his locale. She is helpless.

By the DMCA's own laws AMAZON IS NOT LIABLE AFTER a counter notice is  filed. YOU CANNOT BE SUED for reposting her book. Please do the right thing and relist it. Relevant info below:

ASIN: B007R6PPZA
Title: Nolander
Author: Becca Mills

DMCA counter-notice submitted to KDP on March 2, 2015.

Kushal Das (the accuser) commented on Becca's blog (screen name "Kelvin") from the IP addresses 117.194.249.191 and 122.163.9.171 offering to "HELP" with the problem. These are Indian addresses, so he resides in India or is consistently misrepresenting his place of residence, including falsifying his IP addresses.
 

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Done, and I already have an automated response. Here's hoping this helps -- this situation is sickening and horrifying. (((hugs Becca)))
 

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Done. I'm truly hoping this is resolved ASAP. It chills me to the core to think of how disastrous something like this could be for an author. Big hugs to Becca.
 

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Done. Stay strong, Becca! We've got your back.
 

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You guys are the best! I just spoke to a real, live Amazon person. They're going to put the book back up.

Thank you SO MUCH!
 

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Becca Mills said:
You guys are the best! I just spoke to a real, live Amazon person. They're going to put the book back up.

Thank you SO MUCH!
YES!!!! *happy dance* SOOO happy to hear this! YAY, BECCA!
 

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Becca Mills said:
You guys are the best! I just spoke to a real, live Amazon person. They're going to put the book back up.

Thank you SO MUCH!
Wonderful news! Did they happen to mention all the emails sent their way?
 

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Email sent! Hope it helps.
 

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Becca Mills said:
You guys are the best! I just spoke to a real, live Amazon person. They're going to put the book back up.

Thank you SO MUCH!
Holy freaking cow! That's awesome! I'm so happy for you.

When we all have time to breathe, we need to know how to safeguard ourselves from this happening to the next person.
 

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Wonderful news! Did they happen to mention all the emails sent their way?
They didn't. But I'm sure it had an impact. Even if my email from yesterday was already working its way through the system, having a bunch of other people also email underlines the need for Amazon to make its policy on these DMCAs more effective -- and maybe to improve the KDP customer service, too. They'll take it more seriously if they know it's something many authors are worried about.
 

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They didn't. But I'm sure it had an impact. Even if my email from yesterday was already working its way through the system, having a bunch of other people also email underlines the need for Amazon to make its policy on these DMCAs more effective -- and maybe to improve the KDP customer service, too. They'll take it more seriously if they know it's something many authors are worried about.
Well, darn! Now I'll never get a personal response from Jeff Bezzos.

Just kidding. I'm so happy for you I'm getting all welled up.
 

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Well, darn! Now I'll never get a personal response from Jeff Bezzos.

Just kidding. I'm so happy for you I'm getting all welled up.
(((C.)))

You think you're getting welled up. Look what you guys did for me! So awesome. :)
 
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