Readers Respond to “Book Pirates!” published July 18, 2006, which discussed Kessinger Publishing’s copyright theft.
A fine depiction of your copyright problem. Since the damages occurred where you live, how about filing for the max in small claims court—separately—against all parties involved. That way they have to show up in your local court, without lawyers and at the mercy of your neighborhood judge. Subpoena their records relevant to the infringements. If they don’t supply them, they lose. Very unlikely they’ll want to show up and, if not, they lose. You can usually collect via local sheriffs or similar. My guess is that you’ll get some response prior to the court dates. Not my preference as I try to be nicer than I have to be, but it’s what I WOULD do if things had reached this point. Good luck!
Many thanx for taking the time to write. With this 2x-a-week e-zine, I have turned into a workaholic. I simply have not got spare time to diddle around in court. The ideal scenario would be for a lawyer to take this on and we split any money 50-50. That’s half for the lawyer and half for my stepmother. Beyond that, let’s see if this rattles any cages in the publishing world. Me, I doubt it.
It is a shame that the publishing industry does not have an industry consortium as willful as the RIAA. It is an even bigger shame that only through relentless lobbying (as the RIAA did) will our lawmakers lift a finger to protect the rights of the owners of intellectual property. Sounds like you need to start a blog and take to task Kessinger and Lightning Source for such unethical practices.
I sent an e-mail to Kessinger registering my disgust. I am sorry to hear that your stepmother was taken advantage of and that Kessinger did not stop publishing and pay her the royalties.