Copyright Infringement, Again!

From time to time, I Google my books to ascertain whether any of them have received a mention, for example in the form of a book review. Whilst searching for one of my titles yesterday (Wednesday 10th July), I came across a link to the book on Kiss Library.

All of my books (with the exception of Guide Dogs Anthology), are available from Amazon and (in the case of “My Old Clock I Wind“, and “Lost in the Labyrinth of My Mind“, also from Moyhill Publishing. I have never authorised Kiss Library to sell any of my books.

I was, obviously concerned to discover that Kiss Library is offering one of my works for sale without my permission. Firstly (as already stated) I never granted that organisation permission to sell any of my titles, and, secondly any funds from such sales will not be going into my bank account!

Given my concerns I Googled Kiss Library which threw up this link, https://www.dalecameronlowry.com/piracy-alert-seller-stealing-books-kisslibrary-com/. The post details a number of instances where authors have discovered their books on sale at Kiss Library without their permission. Kiss Library state (in the comments following on from the article) that they have suspended a number of users who have illegally uploaded books in breech of the author’s copyright and there are indications from authors that their works have indeed been removed following the submission of a DMCA. However the post linked to above was written in 2017 but the comments show that in 2018 authors where still experiencing problems with Kiss Library, (indeed, in 2019 I found one of my works offered for sale without my permission on Kiss’s site).

Authors may wish to check Kiss Library’s website to ascertain whether any of their works are being offered for sale without their permission.

You can find a useful article on how to submit a DMCA take down notice here, https://sarafhawkins.com/how-to-file-dmca-takedown/.

For another helpful article on copyright infringement you may wish to check out this article, https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/authors-resources-central/copyright-infringement-actions-to-take/.

My thanks to Chris Graham (AKA The Story Reading Ape) for drawing both of the forgoing to my attention.

Kevin

49 thoughts on “Copyright Infringement, Again!

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Thanks, Eric. Apologies for the delay in approving and replying to your comment, it had gone to my spam folder for some strange reason! Kind regards – Kevin

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Thanks for your comment, Robbie. As you rightly say, “this is not good”. You are welcome for the warning. I think that its important for my fellow authors and poets etc to be aware of such matters.

      Best wishes – Kevin

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for sharing this, Chris. Apologies for the delay in responding to your comment which had, for some inexplicable reason gone to my spam folder! Sometimes WordPress has very strange ways! Best – Kevin

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      You are welcome for the warning, and I’m really sorry to hear that you found many of your books on Kiss’s site. I hope that you are successful in getting them removed. Do please let me know how you get on. Enjoy your Friday and have a lovely weekend. Thanks for your comment – Kevin

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      You are welcome for the article, Dorinda. I am sorry to read that 8 of your books are available at Kiss Library’s website without your permission and I wish you a speedy success in having them removed. I was also unaware of the existence of this website until Wednesday 10 July, when I stumbled upon it (together with one of my books) whilst performing a Google search. Many thanks for your comment. Best wishes – Kevin

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  2. OIKOS™-Publishing

    What a shame! Copyright Infringement is a crime. You can report it to the FBI too:
    ————
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    https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us

    Useful links:

    https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-infringement.html
    https://www.stopfakes.gov

    Best wishes, Michael

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  3. Hugh's Views and News

    Thanks for the information, Kevin. I got here via the reblog Chris at The Story Reading Ape did. I found one of my books on the site and have filed a DMCA with Kiss Library. I recently also had to file a DMCA against another blogger who had copied, published and copyrighted to herself one of my short stories on her blog. It’s so sad that people choose to steal the hard work of others and claim copyright and ownership of our work.
    When I get back from my blogging break, I’ll link back to your post.
    Best wishes,
    Hugh

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for your comment, Hugh, and thank you in advance for linking back to my post, I’m pleased you found it useful.

      I was sorry to read that you found one of your books on Kiss Library’s site, and I hope that your filing of a DMCA does the trick and Kiss remove your work ASAP.

      Enjoy your blogging break.

      Best wishes – Kevin

      PS; sorry also that you had to file a DMCA in respect of another blogger’s use of your short story. As you say, its wholly wrong when other people pass off the hard work of another author/blogger as that of their own.

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      1. Hugh's Views and News

        I had a response from Kiss Library within a few minutes, Kevin. They say they’re going to remove my book, but that it may take a few days to do before it disappears from any searches done on their site. I noted from the bottom of their email that they are based in Ukraine. I’ll give them a few days to remove the book and will certainly let everyone knows if they do.
        While on the site, I did searches for other bloggers books and was surprised by just how many are on the site.
        Thanks again. Have a lovely weekend.

      2. K Morris Poet Post author

        I’m glad to hear that its looks as though Kiss will be removing your book from their website, Hugh. Its worrying that you found quite a few other blogger’s books on Kiss’s site. I suspect that few (if any) of those bloggers will be aware that their work is being offered for sale on Kiss’s site. You also, have a great weekend.

        All the best – Kevin

      3. Hugh's Views and News

        I’m pleased to report that they removed my book form their website very quickly, Kevin. However, from time to time, I will go back and check it’s not been reloaded to the site.

      4. K Morris Poet Post author

        Thanks for the update, Hugh. I am pleased that your book has been removed from the site, but agree you are wise to visit from time to time, so as to ensure that it has not been uploaded again. Enjoy your Sunday. Best – Kevin

  4. Alexander Elliott

    Thanks to your post I checked the site and found 6 out of 7 of my books listed! I filed a complaint, but really wonder if they will take care of it. I have to wonder how many other places are featuring my stolen work. Very discouraging and upsetting!

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for your comment, Alexander. I am pleased that my post was helpful to you, but I’m obviously sorry to hear that 6 out of 7 of your books are available on Kiss Library’s website without your permission. I wish you the best of luck in getting your work removed. As you say, its discouraging when something of this nature happens. I Google my books from time to time and find this helps in checking whether any of mine are being offered for sale (or free download) without my permission. The best of luck with your writing and book sales. Best wishes – Kevin

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      1. K Morris Poet Post author

        I’m glad you found it helpful. I shall be writing to my Member of Parliament (MP) here in the UK about the issue of copyright, and ask him to raise my concerns with the government. We can never stop this completely, however if enough of us write to our respective governments we can, I hope raise the profile of the issue and, hopefully encourage greater action by government.

      2. eloisedesousa

        That would be really helpful. I’m based in the UK too but have my books published in the US under their copyright. I’ve seen quite a few sites selling my books without my authority in the past and didn’t know how to stop them.

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