ALERT: Major Plagiarism of Reviews Occurring on eBay Seller Site
A company called Edson.financial.group has a books and music and other media ebay store. Over 200 products are reviewed, however, it has been discovered that many of those reviews are copied word for word from reviewers on Amazon. Jennifer Ray from Wild on Books Reviews has had three reviews copied and reposted under Edson.financial.group’s name.
- Kiss of Fire review by Jennifer and the unauthorized copy at eBay.
- Shifter review by Jennifer and the unauthorized copy at eBay.
- WitchBlood a review by Jennifer and the unauthorized copy at eBay.
Jennifer has reported this entity to eBay but hasn’t received a response. Another reviewer noticed the same problem and turned to Amazon for help. As always, Amazon has a piss poor response:
Greetings from Amazon.com. I apologize that your review for an item on Amazon.com was posted on another web site. In this instance, please know that we did not give permission for this to happen. Unfortunately however, we are not able to take any actions to have the review removed as the review you are referencing is on a different web site than ours or one of our sister sites. I would ask that you contact this site, in this case e-Bay, to ask that the review be removed. I hope this information is helpful. Thanks for your interest in Amazon.com."
One weapon a person has against copyright infringement on the web is the DMCA takedown notice. An owner of a copyrighted work (any idea that has been expressed in a tangible fixed format) can write to the internet host of the infringing work and request that the infringing work be removed. In order for a hosting service to NOT BE responsible for hosting infringing work is to “act expeditiously” upon receiving notice from the copyright holder.
Authors use the VeRO Program to get listings of their ARCs taken off of eBay (despite not actually being the copyright owners of those copies – that right belongs to the publisher) and that is the same resource that reviewers could use if to report infringement of their intellectual property.