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message 1: by Rowena, Group Owner (last edited Feb 17, 2010 02:26AM) (new)

Rowena (rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Of course, if you own an e-book, you can make a point of looking at the very front, at the copyright notices. Here's a selection. It's a bit long, but the variations are interesting.

St. Martin's Press copyright notices.
"No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in articles or reviews. For information address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10010."


Harlequin:
"All rights reserved. Except for use in any review, the reproduction or utilization of this work in whole or in part in any form by any electronic, mechanical or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including xerography, photocopying or recording or in any information storage or retrieval system, is forbidden without the written permission of the publisher, Harlequin Enterprises limited..."


Resplendence:

Warning: All rights reserved. The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringe-ment without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.


LooseId
All rights reserved. This copy is intended for the purchaser of this e-book ONLY. No part of this e-book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without prior written permission from Loose Id LLC. Please do not participate in or encourage piracy of copyrighted materials in violation of the author's rights. Purchase only authorized editions.


Mundania
All rights reserved under the International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

The scanning, uploading and distribution of this book via the Internet or via any other means without the permission of the publisher is illegal, and punishable by law. Please purchase only authorized electronic editions, and do not participate in or encourage the electronic piracy of copyrighted materials. Your support of the author’s rights is appreciated.

Warning: The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.



Under The Moon...
Excluding legitimate review sites and review publications, the reproduction or utilization of this work in whole or in part in any form by any electronic, mechanical or other means, now known or hereafter invented, is forbidden without the written permission of the publisher.

Copying, scanning, uploading, selling and distribution of this book via the Internet or any other means without permission from the publisher is illegal, punishable by law and will be prosecuted.


What all these publishers are saying is "You do not have the right to make a copy of this book!" and also "You do not have the right to 'share' or sell COPIES that you have made of this book."

Too many people think that if they scan a paperback or hardback novel, or cut and paste an e-book, and put it on a CD they have somehow created something new and original that is theirs to do with as they please.

Well no. It's still the same copyrighted story that took a hardworking author months or even years to imagine, research, write, hone, polish and promote.

Taking a bunch of favorite novels, copying them all, putting them all onto a CD and calling them "My Private E-Book Collection" does not make them "yours". The authors still own the copyright. You cannot burn copies of this "Private Collection" and sell them on EBay or iOffer or Facebook or Blogger or Wordpress or any other virtual bookstore.

Nor are you free (legally) to upload them to pirate sites.

Bottom line. If you didn't write every word of it yourself, from your own imagination, then it is not yours.



message 2: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Hey, I heard that Kindle and other ebook readers totally skip everything at the front of the book, and start on Page 1 of the story.

Is that true?
What happens to the dedications? Are they not read?

What about prologues? What about family trees or maps? LOL, what about step backs?

There's a lot of good stuff in the front matter!


message 3: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
This is useful info, so I'm bumping it onto the front page again.


message 4: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Good for Nook. I believe that the newer editions of the Kindle also start where they ought to.


message 5: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Good stuff.


message 6: by Rowena, Group Owner (new)

Rowena (rowenacherry) | 685 comments Mod
Sensible licensing wording to include in front matter.

Smashwords Edition License Notes
This eBook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This eBook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each person you share it with. If you're reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then you should return to Smashwords.com and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the author's work.


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