When Your Copyright is Stolen on Amazon

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People say it’s compliment when someone steals your art, copies it and sells it to the marketplace to profit from your hard work. As you can tell by how I wrote that sentence, I don’t agree. It’s actually pretty time consuming and at this point futile to get Amazon to do the right thing and remove the page from the site.

I’m an author illustrator on this Coloring Book. My other one, Coloring Bunnies has been going strong for a couple years. This is the second one in the series. It was given a false ASIN with a publisher date of 1806, a terrible review and my name all over it. This seller, on Sellers Marketplace at Amazon created a page for sellers to sell my book of which I do not see a penny. Only the person who stole it gets paid. I won’t cite the details but after 8 calls to Amazon, I’ve gotten the corporate run around and no action. I am now enlisting my IP lawyer to write a cease and desist letter. From now on, I will not self publish to Amazon. Not only because of this experience but because self publishing and the time to market and sell has not been worth it. I am partnering with publishing houses. I’m pretty sure they have their own lawyers.

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