The Creative Commons Confound: Whether releasing your book for free will help boost your sales

When Nick Mamatas’s novel, Move Under Ground, was first published, he had the kind of publicity that most small press authors don’t get. A major men’s magazine printed the first chapter as an excerpt. He had positive reviews in The Village Voice,Booklist, and The Believer. He ran a semi-popular blog to give its release extra press. But despite all this, the book only sold moderately …

Associated Press sends DMCA takedowns to blogger for short excerpts

The DMCA takedown requests Rogers Cadenhead found waiting for him in his inbox on June 10 were not the first he had received. They weren’t even the first sent to him by the Associated Press. This didn’t make Cadenhead, publisher of the Drudge Retort, any less shocked when he found out their targets.

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DMCA takedowns — short for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, passed in 1998 — are notifications …