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If your work is going to be successful enough to make it cost effective to set up all the legal niceties of staying hidden. There is no possible way to guarantee you will keep your anonymity. The recent article JK Rowling lawyer fined over Robert Galbraith leak(BBC 2 January 2014) is but one example of failure. If you are already an established author, ...


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Well, according to this blog, it says Bill C-11 (Copyright Modernization Act, which amends the existing provisions of the Copyright Act) has made it illegal to break DRM in Canada. An excerpt from the actual Bill C-11 (Section 1f): Bill C-11 prohibits the circumvention of any access control installed on a work, performer’s performance fixed in a sound ...


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This is not legal advice, but the answer to your question is almost always no. In general, it is illegal to sell a copy (physical or electronic) of a book if you are also keeping a copy. Say you own a physical copy of a book. You can sell that copy, but you generally cannot sell an electronic copy, regardless of whether you keep the physical copy. This is ...


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Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing allows you to create an author account where you publish and manage your e-books through Amazon. You have to provide your real name and social security number as well as bank account information so that they can pay you and also so they can report your earnings. However, you do not have to use your real name on any of the ...


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There are a couple of key legal differences between print books and ebooks: First, ebooks generally are not purchased, they are licensed. If you "buy" an ebook from Amazon, you don't actually own it--you're just allowed to use it. Second, there's the First Sale Doctrine. This is what allows owners to sell print books when they're done with them. At present, ...


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Assuming the US Citizen is in the US then almost always yes it is illegal. Downloading a copy for personal use to an ebook device while in the US Yes the US copyright law prohibits the downloading of works that are protected by copyright in the US from foreign servers that do not have permission to distribute the copyright protected material in the US. ...


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Since this issue will be important to this group, I found a couple of resources that will explain copyright terms in different countries. The data on the first site hasn't been updated in a while but it does include info on fair use. Foreign Copyright Laws Tree-view chart on Foreign Copyright Law The good thing about the above site is that it is ...


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One ebook publisher, O'Reilly, explicitly states their rules in their terms and conditions. http://shop.oreilly.com/category/customer-service/ebooks.do You can legally lend, resell or give away your O'Reilly ebook, as long as you don't retain a copy of it.


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If you use the "Send to Kindle" program/browser extension, you have already accessed the content from the remote website. You are simply sending the (already downloaded to your PC) data to Amazon, to have it available on your Kindle devices. The Terms of Service are here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_bc_nav?ie=UTF8&nodeId=...


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If you sell the book via Amazon, I thought that they do not expose your real name.


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A print book is a physical object, if I give it to you, I will be left without any book. An ebook is a file, not a physical object, and if I give it to you, I still can keep it for myself as well; to copy a file does not require to delete the original one, unless I explicitly want to do so. It is easy to see that if I buy a printed book and give it to you, ...


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You need to be careful in assuming that this book is "freely available". You mention that it is part of a lecture series, which leads me to believe that it was at one time used as materials to be handed out during that lecture series. As such, there is a really good chance that the author will retain full copyright privileges. Keep in mind that even if the ...


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If the book is explicitly free, then you can print the book and use it for your your own purposes. Please note however that the owner to the book's rights has to say so (author, publisher), not just anybody who only put it up on the internet. Be sure to provide evidence to the print service provider up front, that you have the right to print this book, as ...


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tl;dr This depends on what you mean by DRM, but generally the answer is no. Overview DRM can mean a lot of things, but it's basically a combination of software, file formats, and, in somewhat rare cases, the hardware itself. Unless the hardware and the software have some way to figure out where you are, they can't do anything differently based on your ...


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The first point is that freely available does not mean freely usable, not even freely redistributable. Many copyrighted works are freely available, even placed under a Creative common licence, but still have legal restriction on their uses, regarding for example modification or commercial use. The fact that it is, or is not available in print or some other ...


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As with so many things in life you cannot be 100% sure. That is somewhat more true for digital distribution, as there is no way to check e.g. that a company bought paper for 1000 books and said it only printed and sold half of that. Unless the DIY publishing company is really small, there will be multiple people involved in faking such sales (the person ...


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This guide is quite useful from Univ. of Pennsilvania. Copyright Watch is also helpful, but the information isn't so direct. You have to really dig through legal documents.


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Use a lawyer. A power of attorney allows another person to act on your behalf. He can then collect the money on your behalf. There are of course many details which vary from place to place.


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You should read through the license agreement for the books, but it is probably the case that you don't own the books after get them, you just have the right to use them. And there are restrictions on what you can do with them and removing the DRM is probably not within your rights. Just like you can pimp your own car, something you cannot do with a rental. ...


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Amazon isn't viable, because if you release controversial writings, they still need your bank account, it doesn't matter if you can use a pseudonym. Paypal may work for a certain amount of time, but if certain people want that information, they can also get it.


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