You know how I’d written that Dani wanted to know what happens behind the scenes once you got “the call”? Well, it’s not all fun and games. Especially lately.
I’d already been feeling ticked off this morning because I got my royalty statement in and discovered that a single pirating site, in ONE week, had three times the number of downloads of one of my stories than I’d sold the whole of last MONTH. And that’s not as bad as the rate some other authors are ripped off – just ask Cora Zane.
It’s not an uncommon story, ask any author whether epubbed or in print. Yes, just because your book is issued in print-only format does not mean your book won’t be scanned and released as an e-book for download within hours of its release.
But this morning I was Googling my name to see if it appeared on any other pirate sites and found that someone had posted a story they’d written but attached my name to it as if I were the author. Not a fanfic story, they weren’t mimicking my style or using my characters, but using my name as if I’d written their story. Melany Rust, I am not impressed. I tried to leave a comment on your story asking you to please remove my name from it but you have disabled that ability from your journal. In trying to deceive your readers by using my name you are infringing upon my trademark.
Here’s the trademark infringement statute for using someone else’s name on your work according to the US Federal Lanham Act:
Sec. 1125. – False designations of origin, false descriptions, and dilution forbidden
(a) Civil action
(1) Any person who, on or in connection with any goods or services, or any container for goods, uses in commerce any word, term, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, or any false designation of origin, false or misleading description of fact, or false or misleading representation of fact, which –
(A) is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of his or her goods, services, or commercial activities by another person …
Bloody hell, I’m wasting more time tracking and going after these f*ckers than I am spending writing these days.