ALERT: Copyright Infringement by “Internet Archive.”

Do you have hard-copy books out, in or out of print? See this notice from Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has issued an alert on copyright infringement by the Internet Archive. Other professional writers’ groups taking notice include the UK’s Society of Authors, which has posted an alert on its website, and the USA’s Authors Guild and National Writers Union, which have alerted their members.

Strauss posts the full notice from SFWA. What’s more, SFWA will generate a “takedown notice” for you that you can immediately email if your book is included on the offending site.

You can search the site easily to see if any of your titles are involved. I found that searching for a character’s name within the book text generated the best response.

Illegal copy of King of the Roses on Internet Archive

Possibly you may not be concerned at having a pirated version of your book offered for free, but you may want to be informed that it exists.

I found the Bantam paperback edition of King of the Roses on the site. I’ve decided to send the takedown notice. Strauss says that two notices she sent have thus far not received responses.

Please pass this information on to anyone you think will benefit from it.





Filed under business of writing, Copyright for writers, King of the Roses, V. S. Anderson, Virginia S. Anderson, Writing

15 responses to “ALERT: Copyright Infringement by “Internet Archive.”

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  3. Reblogged this on Writer's Treasure Chest and commented:
    A very important blog post about copyright infringement by Internet Archive. It should be read by all authors. Thank you, Virginia.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Is this alert only for scifi and fantasy books? I often find my memoir in strange sites that my publisher did not place there and overseas sites too.

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  5. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Alert: Copyright infringement.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Thank you Virgina for this article which I accessed via Chris (The Story Reading Ape) blog. I checked the site you mentioned and fortunately none of my books are on their free list. Have also posted on 🙂

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  7. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:

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