You’re gonna be sickened by this one! Here’s a snippet from an email I received last week:
I’m writing my memoirs. It has some 200 images, about half in color. Because of image-permission issues, I don’t want it distributed beyond my hometown, nor do I want it published as an e-book (i.e., low profile).
Here’s my response:
Trying to limit the market for your book will not protect you from copyright infringement lawsuits. Using someone else’s creative work in your book is not only against federal law, it’s just plain wrong.
We fight for the rights of creative folks and I am shocked that you are planning to publish a book containing illegal content – content you have stolen from other individuals. I am doubly shocked that you’re openly admitting you plan to do so, assuming other law-abiding folks will think it’s okay, or even help break the law! What is wrong with you?!
If you do get sued, the judgment could be up to $150,000 per occurrence for willful acts of copyright infringement. Worst-case scenario for you: $150K x 200 illegal images = potential $30,000,000 in judgments against you PLUS attorney’s fees!
You need to immediately remove the property of others from your book.
We don’t do business with copyright infringers nor do we work with thieves.
Shame on you.
About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
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