This DMCA request is very off-base, but I want to bring attention to one of the lines in it:
"Shakespeare v Lovecraft, a horror comedy novel, was originally published in 2012 by Amazon."
This is not true. Take a look at the SvL page on Amazon, and you’ll see these lines:
"Publisher: Obiedan Publications (April 14, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.”
It’s very clear, this title was published using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service. Almost anyone can use this service: if you are smart enough to fill in some web forms and make an ePub/Mobi file, you can sell stuff using this service. But they aren’t “publishing” your work.
Amazon’s KDP service operates like a consignment shop: you put your book in their storefront, and each time your book sells, they give you money and take a percentage of it.
The same is true for Amazon CreateSpace, which is how Obiedan produces and sells the print versions of SvL: print on demand titles that a human being at Amazon has likely never read, much less “published.” Printing and distributing something is not publishing.
Amazon’s KDP service is not your publisher. You are. In this case, Obiedan Publications (Dan O’Brien) is the publisher of SvL. Trying to claim that Amazon published SvL is factually incorrect at best, and disingenuous at worst.
I love forward to Kickstarter disregarding this frivilous DMCA notice, and to supporting Prospero’s Price when it’s back online.
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