Starline Hodge's copyright issue

Discussion in 'Writer's Lounge' started by jessica, 1 Apr 2018.

  1. jessica

    jessica Active Member

    Don't know if you saw this, but there's a really disturbing bit of copyright theft being discussed.

    Starlight Hodge writes the Candi webcomic. Some guy contacted her saying he'd put it in a book. She said no and refused permission.

    He did it anyway:mad: and stuck it on Createspace with an ISBN and everything:silent:.

    Whole thing's going down on Twitter here.

  2. Bookangel

    Bookangel Administrator Staff Member

    [Mod Hat] Normally we don't allow language like that in the Tweet to be used outside The Dive. As it is a Tweet and directly relevant to the thread, it stands, but please remember this is your replies as this topic may be heated.[/Mod Hat]
    That said, that is truly appalling and the culprit should be named and shamed.
  3. Tregaron

    Tregaron Member

    So this ...gentleman... helped himself to someone else's work without their consent and published it, taking her first publication print rights in the process. I don't believe that can be dignified with the name piracy. It is simply theft. Createspace should not simply be taking it down, they should be participating in her lawsuit against him.
  4. tirial

    tirial IT fixer extraordinaire

    From her last update, it sounds like Createspace are refusing to remove it. They are making it unavailable but want her to "resolve" the issue with the thief rather than deleting it. At this point, if they refuse to remove it after seeing the Twitter campaign, the email chain where she refuses him permission, and receiving takedowns from both her and him, I'd say they are complicit.
  5. Zelda

    Zelda Member

    This is awful! They are absolutely complicit if they refuse to take it down. They should have done it before it reached this point. Asking her to "resolve" the issue with the thief, without taking it down, is out of line.
  6. Kindler

    Kindler Active Member

    Sounds like such a "nice guy" and by nice guy, I mean total and utter <enter Dive worthy material here>.

    Some people always seem to think that if the person would just see how much a creative genius that work was on offer then of course they person being asked will accept it...everytime.

    Most people call it delusional.
  7. Angel

    Angel Munificent Critic

    This really is outrageous, both on the part of the lowlife who decided to ignore the author's wishes and Createspace who undoubtedly will be harvesting all the revenue these books are generating until such time as the matter is sorted out.
  8. jessica

    jessica Active Member

    Any updates on this, 'cos I haven't seen anything on this after Createspace refused to remove the book.:mad:

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