Elsewhere I've written about online piracy of copyrighted ebooks, specifically those copies of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code for sale on eBay. Lots of people report these scams, in which the seller offers "complete resale rights" along with a download of the ebook for 99 cents or some other absurdly low price. (Sometimes three or four ebooks are offered for $4.95.)
I've tried to contact Random House and Brown's agent about this, but no one wants to talk about it. What's up? The "reseller rights" is a blatant lie (I'm sure many of the people offering the book and reseller rights actually believed it when they fell for the same kind of offer. But somewhere along the line someone created this scam, knowing that the greed of eBay sellers would make it easy for them to believe the lies he was telling.)
Maybe this would stop if Random House goes after these sellers the way John Wiley & Sons are going after Carlos Velasco for selling Wiley ebooks on eBay. The complete story is here, at AuctionBytes.com.
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