This post by Derek Murphy originally appeared on his CreativIndie site on 12/9/14.
Today I read two articles.
The first is the plagiarism case indie author Rachel Ann Nunes raised against Tiffanie Rushton, an elementary school teacher. Tiffanie allegedly took Rachel’s self-published book, added some sex scenes and republished it as her own.
Rachel has already spent $20,000 in court fees and is using PRweb.com to get the word out so she can raise $100,000 extra to continue the lawsuit.
The article laments that, while traditionally published authors are backed by publishers with deep pockets, for indie authors there is nothing they can do.
But I’m not taken in by this sob story.
Yes it sucks.
It’s brutal to have somebody steal your work and try to sell it as theirs.
But it’s also pretty simple and easy to get Amazon to remove the book in question.
A couple of emails and Rachel could have gotten Tiffanie’s book removed from Amazon and from other online ebook stores.
So what’s the lawsuit for?