I was reading today about the possibility of publishing on Kindle via Amazon, and getting paid for it. Could be interesting for this little blog, I thought, and went along to visit:
Before signing up though, I thought I’d better just scan the terms and conditions, make sure there’s nothing nasty hiding in the small print. Lo and behold, look what I found!
All content included in or made available through any Amazon Service, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, and data compilations is the property of Amazon or its content suppliers and protected by United States and international copyright laws. The compilation of all content included in or made available through any Amazon Service is the exclusive property of Amazon and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.
Em, thanks but no thanks, I don’t think I’ll be taking this one any further. Everyone is looking for original content, but all too few are providing it.
I think I need to pick a channel that lets me retain my copyright. Who knows what lies over the horizon!
Update – Amazon has since reassured contributors that this is a misunderstanding, and that the company continues to recognise personal copyright.