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RE: Fake Kindle Users Forum - Lou - 31 Mar 2015 02:48 PM

Still no news on this folks as the site appears to be hosted with an uncontactable company. I have issued a DCMA notice also through Google so we will see what happens next.


RE: Fake Kindle Users Forum - Kath Middleton - 31 Mar 2015 03:01 PM

People seem to be getting Google alerts - emails saying that I've commented on their books. Anyone who tries to comment in return gets 'message not found' so it's dodgy. Needless to say I haven't ever commented there. Worrying to think that anyone can lift your website link and plonk it on their posts elsewhere. Thanks for trying and I hope you get somewhere with it.


RE: Fake Kindle Users Forum - Scribbler - 31 Mar 2015 06:12 PM

Any chance of a link to this site? No probs if you'd rather not.


RE: Fake Kindle Users Forum - skate - 01 Apr 2015 09:05 AM

There's been a bit of a discussion on this in one of the writer's groups I belong to on Facebook. Like me, a lot had been receiving Google alerts to forums discussing places to download free books. Most gave links to a place called BookLibrary, but one author was given a link to KUF (she is a member). When she clicked on it, it said 'Site not found', so maybe it has gone already. Someone suggested that all this is a way to get us to click on either a virus loaded link or a phishing link. Sounds like a reasonable explanation to me. They're pretty clever too, I reckon, because there's three ways they might attract attention - 1. make us irate at the pirating, so we click to see who it is. 2. make wonderful comments about our books, so we click to see who's saying such nice things and 3. make horrible comments about the book, so we click to see who dares to say such things! Either way, I'm off to do a virus scan, just in case.


RE: Fake Kindle Users Forum - Dorte Hummelshoj - 01 Apr 2015 12:25 PM

Ah!
Apparently this is related to the piracy thread I started an hour ago. Weird links between a site called Rochesterresources, a Jubii discussion (people wanting links to free copies of my works) and this BookLibrary thing.


RE: Fake Kindle Users Forum - leep - 02 Apr 2015 06:56 AM

I got tired of being accused of trying to pirate someone's book on Twitter yesterday so have been doing some digging.

So far I have found three sites (tip of the iceberg) that seem to be hosting pages that appear to come from various forums (it changes, not sure if on a schedule or random). When you click on any of the links it takes you through to the actual forum that the theme was stolen from.

I found one skinned to look like KUF, with a user called something completely different to me, but when you clicked their icon it took you through to my profile on KUF (which is where people are getting my contact details to accuse me).

I'm still digging but it looks like these sites are hosting the pages unknowingly.


RE: Fake Kindle Users Forum - leep - 02 Apr 2015 07:15 AM

A bit more digging and at least two sites I found (including the one Dorte mentioned in another thread) have nicked the style from the Sainbury's eBook site (they even say "Sainsbury's Entertainment Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sainsbury's Supermarkets" in the footer.

They seem separate to some of the others I've tracked down which have revolving themes (one I looked that had the KUF skin is now appearing in the Sainbury's skin).

I'm guessing the owner of the domain is unaware of this (at least one link in a similar style, to a different domain, had been deleted, presumably because the owner realised they'd been hacked). One I'm looking at belongs to the Wyoming Distance Learning Center -- pretty confident they won't be interested in pirating ebooks.


RE: Fake Kindle Users Forum - Lou - 02 Apr 2015 08:41 AM

Still following this up but it's no mean feat Sad

Authors who come across copies of their books for illegal download can issue a DMCA takedown notice to any hosting provider and to Google.

For Google, go here (you will need a Google account) https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-dashboard

For a template DMCA notice which can be sent to a hosting company, go here : http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2009/07/06/sample-dmca-take-down-letter/id=4501/

For more information on DMCA go here : http://www.dmca.com/


RE: Fake Kindle Users Forum - Dorte Hummelshoj - 02 Apr 2015 10:50 AM

Ouch, that's nasty, leep!


RE: Fake Kindle Users Forum - Dorte Hummelshoj - 02 Apr 2015 10:57 AM

(02 Apr 2015 08:41 AM)Lou Wrote: Wrote:  Still following this up but it's no mean feat Sad

Authors who come across copies of their books for illegal download can issue a DMCA takedown notice to any hosting provider and to Google.

For Google, go here (you will need a Google account) https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-dashboard

For a template DMCA notice which can be sent to a hosting company, go here : http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2009/07/06/sample-dmca-take-down-letter/id=4501/

For more information on DMCA go here : http://www.dmca.com/

Lou, now that you are here ... all those Chinese posts, are they April's fool fun or are they spam? It's a bit much, I think.