The offensive against the offensive: self-published erotica comes under fire

Amazon have removed from their catalogue several self-published ebooks that depict violent acts of rape and incest, and today Kobo Writing Life authors will have received an email from KWL director Mark Lefebvre indicating that Kobo are following suit. The current offensive is the result of an article on the British technology website The Kernel that found for sale on Amazon pornographic titles such as Naughty Daughter Abducted And Pounded By Daddy’s Cock: Anal Sex And BDSM With My Step Father (taboo daddy daughter erotica) by Shannon Leigh. It cited Read More …

Amazon’s Worlds for Authors and the grey area that is fan fiction

Amazon recently announced the creation of Kindle Worlds for Authors, a publishing platform for fan fiction, currently restricted to Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars, and expected to launch soon. Amazon is obviously hoping to cash in on the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, originally written as fan fiction of the Twilight Series, as are the rights holders themselves, who will share in the royalties. Fan fiction falls into a grey area of copyright law: characters and personalities are not copyrightable, only the expression of them. Read More …