Sueing Amazon

I am posting an article that I read on the news this morning that I find intriguing. As an author I am my brand, therefore I can be merchandised just like electronics or any other retail product. Since I have my books on Amazon this definitely caught my interest. I think in time some author along the way will find the right lawyer and all hell will  break loose even though a previous author wasn’t successful in a suit against a reviewer.

I’d love to hear your opinions on this article and do you think this will start a new trend?

The next time you write an online review, be careful. You might get sued.

That’s what could happen to a Florida man who left a negative review about an Internet router he purchased. According to his Tuesday post on Reddit, where he’s asking for legal advice, he received a letter from a law firm in Philadelphia threatening to sue him for an “illegal campaign to damage, discredit, defame, and libel” the company that makes the router.

“Your statements are false, defamatory, libelous, and slanderous, constitute trade libel and place Mediabridge and its products in a false light,” the verbose letter from the law firm reads in part.

In his review, which has since been edited, the man made several allegations, including that many of the positive reviews about the product on Amazon might be fake and that the router itself was “identical” to a router from a different company.

If the man doesn’t take down his review within three days, cease all Internet conversation about the product, and agrees to never buy the company’s products again, the law firm will sue him, according to the letter. But by going to Reddit and not keeping quiet, the man might have already sealed his fate.

Companies, it turns out, have every right to sue people who write reviews on websites that they may feel are libelous or defamatory.

While there is a level of legal protection that third-party websites (in this case, Amazon) have from being sued, which come from Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act—the same section that protects websites that show revenge porn—the authors of those reviews are not protected.

Neither the letter nor the user can be confirmed. Still, this isn’t the first time that someone has taken legal heat for online reviews.

In 2012, a Virginia court sided with a contractor who received a negative review from a woman on Yelp, claiming defamation. The woman who wrote the review said the service was poor and accused the contractor of stealing her jewelry. She was sued for $750,000.

In 2011, a book author sued a man, though unsuccessfully, who wrote negative reviews about his book on Amazon. And in 2006, a woman in Florida won $11.3 million in a lawsuit resulting from defamatory remarks on an Internet message board.

So while Amazon states in its terms of use that sellers “may not ask buyers to remove negative reviews,” these companies do have legal protections to go after comments they may deem libelous.

While the Internet allows users a certain amount of anonymity behind reviews on Amazon or Yelp—where a negative or positive review can determine a company’s success—there is still a danger that companies will take legal action against these reviews. For this Florida man, his gripes with this company will only grow.

Welcome Numinous Publications

Numinous Publications by Hypervorean

Hailing all High Fantasy lovers! I would like to tell you a bit about this new book blog that is entirely dedicated to the High Fantasy genre. Numinous Publications is run by Hypervorean, an avid reader and reviewer of High Fantasy as well as an aspiring writer.

About Numinous Publications

The first review was posted on the blog on December 1st 2012, so it is still a very new blog that is looking to gain a foothold within the scene and struggling to get the attention of those who might share its vision. Numinous Publications wishes nothing more than to promote the genre as best as possible.

Numinous Publications review books from both indie and traditionally published authors in an effort to become familiar with a wider range of the genre. So far Numinous Publications has made agreements to review books from smaller publishers such as The Bedwyr Press, Center One Publishing, Kristell Ink and lately also Jo Fletcher Books.

Numinous Publications is always interested in guest posts from authors and bloggers of the genre.

The United Fantasy Bloggers’ Assembly

Numinous Publications is a founding member of the UFBA.

The UFBA is an exclusive group that may be joined only upon invitation. Its purpose, as you might have already guessed, is to bring some of the fantasy bloggers out there together in a co-operative network. Our goal is to raise the awareness of fantasy literature as well as promote our own blogs. We are all passionate about the genre and wish nothing better than to see it blossom.

We have set a membership limit of 10 bloggers as we want rather a closely connected co-operating team than a big time-consuming organisation. We are currently only 5 members in the group, which also means that we are actively searching for new members. Make yourselves known to us, fantasy bloggers!

About Hypervorean

Hypervorean is of course not a real name. Hypervorean’s real name is Eli Adelholm. She is nineteen years old and hails from the Kingdom of Denmark. She has been reading and writing in English since she was about 12. Furthermore she is a proud blackmetaller, and she fights with real swords in a Historical European Martial Arts club.

One of the main reasons that Eli is so fond of the High Fantasy genre is her love for the medieval period (and the periods that came before). Her philosophy is not very far from that which ruled during the age of her Viking forefathers. Like them she holds the sword in high esteem and honors some of the same values that were also prevailing at that time. She carries the hammer of Thor around her neck not because that she believes in the old northern gods (or any gods for that matter) but as a sign of her respect for the people of that time.

Eli is currently working on her debut novel The Book of the False King which is to be the first book in a series entitled A Story Too Old. Beside this she is also currently writing a variety of short stories that she hopes to get published soon. You should look out for titles such as Under the Purple Arch and The Undiscoverable.

Find her!

Blog: http://hypervorean.blogspot.dk/hypervorean small

Twitter: @Hypervorean

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7578442-hypervorean

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Numinous-Publications/433416986731375

Please visit Numinous; I encourage you to view Eli’s writings.  She has a fantastical mind.  Aron Joice

Indies Revolution

Last night I was contemplating everything that has been transpiring in the Indie movement, Amazon and where it is all going.  I was never a cheerleader in school; I was the artsy one , the brunt of jokes.  However today, I want to cheer for my fellow authors who are striving to present their works and have the courage to continue to move forward. I thought we need a song to further inspire us, and lo and behold what came to mind but “Revolution” by the Beatles.  Some of you may be too young to remember the fab four. We of the (ahem) more mature generation will recall all too well their impact.  Following is the first chorus from Revolution, I think it’s appropriate, share your thoughts.

‘Revolution’ by the Beatles 

You say you want a revolution

Well, you know

We all want to change the world

You tell me that it’s evolution

Well, you know

We all want to change the world

But when you talk about destruction

Don’t you know you can count me out

Don’t you know it’s going to be all right all right, all right

New Review Site

Whenever I come across something that is of value to an author or reader I like to share it. Fortunately I discovered  askDavid.com.

askDavid.com offers product reviews submitted by the community on books, music, gadgets, electronics and the like. David has put considerable thought into a well-rounded site. For instance, I searched for Snow White and the Huntsman and was pleasantly surprised to find a page not only related to the current movie, but filled with other books, music etc. regarding to Snow White.

I am thrilled with my review page and its diversity. Not only do I have my current work posted, but a fresh blurb, reviews, head shot and links to my FB, blog and twitter pages. This isn’t just a URL, but actual shots of each. See for yourself. http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/fantasy/1860

Calling all authors, do yourself a favor visit this site and I’m sure you will want to participate. To this page http://askdavid.com/free-book-promotion