Geek.com reported yesterday that Amazon has the same piracy problem as many content services:
It would appear as though Amazon has a problem with author accounts being used to steal books and resell them under another name, as Kindle Direct Publishing users discover a single author with 37 titles under their belt. The one thing they all seem to have in common is that the author labeled as the creator of the ebook had absolutely nothing to do with its creation.
There doesn’t seem to be any pattern to the books that have been published under the name Jay Cute, with titles ranging from the obscure that are available for free on Amazon to the first in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. The prices range the spectrum that Amazon allows for Kindle Direct Publishing accounts, and in some cases the publisher hasn’t even bothered to change the cover of the book when publishing under this new name. The books that do have different cover art seem to have either a random image or a cover from another book entirely.
Geek.com faulted Amazon for not having an automated system in place to deal with this, which isn't entirely correct. Amazon has a detection system which scans uploaded ebooks. They use it to discourage users from uploading public domain works and content scraped from websites, but they haven't used it to filter out pirated ebooks.
As we all know, Youtube's ContentID system has caught any number of pirates while also punishing innocents. The latter have often lost access to their account and had little recourse. What's more, when Scribd brought their monitoring service online earlier this year, they too made the mistake of yanking content without checking.
Speaking of automated systems, Kim Dotcom was banned from his own cloud storage service last month, according to TorrentFreak:
After several false takedown notices from the major record labels Mega has now terminated the cloud hosting account of its founder Kim Dotcom. ...
Dotcom has been using Mega to share his first music album “Good Times” with everyone who wants to give it a spin. While he holds all the rights, several prominent music labels kept informing Mega that the album was “infringing.”
A few weeks ago we learned that the takedown requests were all inaccurate, andtriggered by a prankster. However, that apparently didn’t stop them from coming in and as a result Dotcom has now had his Mega account terminated for repeatedly violating the terms of service.
Tell me, would you really want an automated system like that to hold sway in the Kindle Store?
I would not; there are too many authors who rely on it for their livelihood.
found via The Passive Voice