So, I recently had uploaded a book to Archive of Our Own to get feedback on the rough draft. It’s iffy on original works if anyone reads them, but I had a few people that seemed to like it. No real comments though. Then I got a comment. It was saying that someone had stolen my book and posted it as their own on Amazon. It gave the name of the person and I checked. Sure enough, there was my whole book, stolen word for word from Archive along with seven other books stolen and posted on the same day.
Of course, my first response was to file copyright infringement after I called Amazon for myself to find out what to do. I had to jump through their hoops, including having to BUY the book from the thief to verify that the book was indeed mine all the way through. Turns out, they don’t compare works at all. They just look at the reports and see if they have enough information to support the claim and go by that. After a week, I finally got the book removed.
Yet, this person still has a book online. They had seven books removed for copyright infringement, yet they are still allowed to be on Amazon selling books. I’m floored by the fact Amazon doesn’t have any sort of strike system or something. Amazon is really the only good place to self-publish at little to no cost, so independent writers are really stuck with using them.
Anyway, I ended up getting an ISBN for myself, and am proceeding to publish the book myself. I figure it’s time to get it out to the public.