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Alright, people...let's play a game.

I'm going to do another #HotTake on the blog in a bit but I'm going to let you see how I collect the info for this. Now bear with me, because some of this requires info gathering which can be slow.

I've laid out a lot of this
beforehand, but once I get down to the nitty gritty, it takes more time.

First... have you checked out the #WTF on Nora Roberts' blog?

fallintothestory.com/whiskey-tango-…

It stems from a comment made by one Mr. Frost.
#hottake
Frost, you see, views books as 'assets'. That's it. Commodities to be bought and sold, and readers aren't really even considered.

Those aren't my words. See? MY words are in red. Frost is quite active on the forums at Kboards.
To him, selling the copyright of his book for them to repackage as a BRAND NEW BOOK with a new title, a new author name, a new COPYRIGHT date, is the same as me reissuing my Grimm's Circle series, even though I make it clear these books were previously published.
#HotTake
Frost took exception to an addition Nora Roberts made to her previous post the day before, Blowback. fallintothestory.com/blowback/

The addition?
A twitter moment I put together highlighting some shit scammers use to bilk @amazon @amazonkdp @amazonbooks out of money, at the expense of legit, hardworking authors.

The moment is here. Read, share, tweet and RT, because people need to see this info.

twitter.com/i/moments/1100…
@amazon @AmazonKDP @amazonbooks Since posting that moment and since Nora shared it, I've had a small but steady stream of trolls and whiners hit my blog, most of whom had their comments deleted. There's now light moderation in place, as I'm not giving them *my* platform to do *their* propaganda. #HotTake
@amazon @AmazonKDP @amazonbooks I've also had threats to 'report' me to Amazon, abusive emails, etc, so...yeah, I've pissed some people off. And I LIKE IT.

#hottake
@amazon @AmazonKDP @amazonbooks But there's more work to be done, because more people need to realize what's going on, and draw awareness to it...AND we need to people moving on our behalf. I'm not talking Nora, either. Bless her heart for the work she's done and for being willing to speak when others haven't.
@amazon @AmazonKDP @amazonbooks but if more people who ARE affected by this don't speak out, why should anybody else care? So, small press authors, indie authors, midlist authors...you've got work to do. YOUR career is at stake.

You're drowning in a sea of scammers. #HotTake
@amazon @AmazonKDP @amazonbooks I'm going to show you one of the biggest tricks they're pulling to make sure authors like you and me STAY drowning.

Now... follow along...
@amazon @AmazonKDP @amazonbooks Behold, a list of people turning @AmazonKDP & KU into their personal piggy bank... and also playing fast and loose with COPYRIGHT LAW. Is Copyright Fraud a thing?

Because it should be.


#HotTake
@amazon @AmazonKDP @amazonbooks The names are hard to see. Nikki mentions more in the next tweet and you can see names in the shots that follow in the thread.

#HotTake
@amazon @AmazonKDP @amazonbooks BTW, trolls…yes, I’m familiar with your hate-on for Nikki.

I’m doing an experiment that pretty much proves the scamming so save your invalid arguments for people who give a flying fig. Legit authors don’t do this shit & readers are tired of being scammed, too.

#HotTake
@amazon @AmazonKDP @amazonbooks Let’s pick a name…We’ll go with the first name, April Lust. I’m trying really hard not to roll my eyes at that name, too. Actually, no, I’m not. But I digress.

Let’s get to work, April...show me what you got. #HotTake
@amazon @AmazonKDP @amazonbooks I went to Amazon and picked out her most recent release.

Savage Vow. MC subgenre.
@amazon @AmazonKDP @amazonbooks and I'm just going to loop @AmazonKDP @AmazonHelp @amazon in here, too because the FIRST name on the list that I picked?

Turned out to be a WHOPPER.
I opened the book and found some text to search.
#HotTakes
@AmazonKDP @AmazonHelp @Amazon

See, April Lust's "new" book, Savage Vow with a copyright date of 2019 isn't new.

And while she might own the copyright NOW...she can't alter the copyright date.

Here's the text I searched for.
@AmazonKDP @AmazonHelp @amazon

And this came up...

I couldn't access the site. So...no proof. I won't make statements with proof.
#HotTake
So, I searched out the title on Goodreads.
Same genre, @AmazonKDP
@Amazon @amazon.

oh. Look at the copyright.

Same storyline.

But...that's not enough.

However...
Look here. A review for the book.

See the text, @AmazonKDP @AmazonHelp @amazon

#hottake
@AmazonKDP @AmazonHelp @amazon See what happens when we search for THAT text in April's 'new' book... with its 20 fricking 19 copyright date.

@AmazonKdp @Amazonhelp @amazon
@AmazonKDP @amazon @AmazonHelp BUT...the fun doesn't stop there,
@AmazonKDP @amazon @AmazonHelp. Because guess what...

THIS BOOK WAS PUBLISHED EVEN BEFORE THAT.

YEP. This book has been used hard and put wet several times over. #HotTakes
Let's look at the very first page of this book by April Lust, to which she claims a COPYRIGHT IN 2019...meaning THAT IS WHEN THE BOOK WAS FIRST PUBLISHED. @AmazonKDP
@AmazonHelp @Amazon
@AmazonKDP
@AmazonHelp @Amazon

Meet Rafe, by Ellen Harper.

lovelib.net/rafe-anarchy-s…

COPYRIGHT 2016
@AmazonKDP
@AmazonHelp @Amazon

Tell me something, Amazon.

How are you maintaining any quality by allowing these scammers to manipulate the #KindleUnlimited & kdp platforms like this?

READERS PAY INTO #KU EXPECTING ORIGINAL WORKS, NOT REGURGITATED WORKS BY DECEPTIVE SCAMMERS.
And MEANWHILE, the authors who don't screw the system get drowned by the cheats AMAZON rewards!

@AmazonKDP
@AmazonHelp @Amazon

Fix the platform, Amazon & deal with these cheats.

#HotTakes
Additionally, about that COPYRIGHT FRAUD thing... as I said, I don't know if that's a thing, but if it's not, it should be.

The copyright date of a book isn't interchangeable just because the original rights owner SELLS the rights to another person.
Copyright is there to protect rights owners and it's a matter of LAW. You don't get to CHANGE the dates to suit you just by unpublishing and selling it.

copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-g…

That date doesn't change.
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