I was sent an email today, normally I wouldn't post it. However I want it to be known that I have not broken any laws or over stepped any boundaries. I would also like it to be known that I would never purposely crush an Author out of making a sale. The purpose of a giveaway is to draw attention to that specific book so the word spreads about this book. Most books are given to me by the Publishers and the Authors themselves which were intended for me to read, review and/or giveaway. Otherwise it is a book I have purchased myself.
What is your understanding of authors' copywrite in the context of you givingaway audio books. You might consider that it often takes many years of hard work for no pay before an author is lucky enough to have his/her book published. How do you think authors should be paid?
Some basic Copyright Laws and information...
The U.S. Copyright Act grants certain exclusive rights to the owner of a copyright in a work. These exclusive rights are different from the rights given to a person who merely owns a copy of the work. For example, when a person purchases a book at a bookstore, they have received a property right in a copy of a copyrighted work (namely, the book). The book owner may then resell the book, or even destroy it, since they own the book. However, the book's owner did not receive any copyright rights when they purchased the book. All copyright rights are held by the book's author until the author specifically transfers them. Consequently, the book owner may not make any copies of the book, since the right to copy a work is one of the exclusive rights granted under the Copyright Act. This distinction allows a copyright owner to sell copies of a work, or even the original work itself (such as a sculpture), without forfeiting her rights under the Copyright Act.
The Copyright Act grants five rights to a copyright owner, which are described in more detail below.
- the right to reproduce the copyrighted work;
- the right to prepare derivative works based upon the work;
- the right to distribute copies of the work to the public;
- the right to perform the copyrighted work publicly; and
- the right to display the copyrighted work publicly.
Congress has enacted several limitations to the first sale doctrine, including a prohibition on the rental of software and phonorecords.
Not a single book or Audio book I have given away has been copied or has been distributed in any illegal fashion. All Audio books have been new still in the packaging and have not been altered. The Audio books I have given away have all been on CD and have not been E-Files.
I do understand the struggle Authors endure and I strive to make a difference in spreading the word about their books. I have managed to meet and work with so many wonderful Authors. Why would I try to corrupt the book world that I know and love. I do not and will not feel guilty for giving away ORIGINAL Copies of books and Audio books. In other words these are not forged, copied or bootlegs. Especially if directly given to my by the Authors and Publishers. There is No Piracy involved.
I believe Authors deserve every penny they can get, most deserve more than they receive. That is why Publishers and Authors seek my blog out on a daily basis to post reviews and hold giveaway with a book they would like to get more attention. Thus bringing it to more readers attention. Which leads to book sales.
If I have done something of the ill Natured, Please let me know in a more explanatory way so I can rectify any issues. As I would not intentionally do so.
I do hope this clears up any and all issues that may have come forward.
Calling All Book Bloggers... What's your stance/take on this situation?