Update for new visitors: Please visit this new post here to help me prove to one author who hates LendInk what the power of the market can bring him.
This post is where I will list the asshole authors who filed complaints against the site. If you know any of their names, post it in the comments. You are also welcome to post about this article on my Facebook update, which is publicly accessible without being friends with me.
1. Quick note: if you support this history archive, click the “Like” button just to the left here.
2. If you want to help, contact the people listed below (their names are links to their Facebook or Twitter pages) and ask them to retract their statement and make a formal and public apology. If they do, I will also link to their apologies.
3. Purchase a T-shirt (proceeds go to LendInk.com or a reading program):
The LendInk destruction news is just breaking in the past 48 hours. Check out April Hamilton’s excellent and updated article titled “Congratulations: You Killed LendInk And Denied Your Fellow Authors Their Lend Royalties”
If you are an author listed below and believe you were listed in error, post a comment. If you are an author below and there is visible proof of your inability to read the FAQ on LendInk’s old site, too bad.
I will be attempting to add the author’s book pages at Amazon.com and BN.com so you can access what books never to buy in an easier fashion. This will take some time.
Thanks to Erik Gjertsen for making the following list.
Here are some of authors who slammed LendInk’s Facebook page:
(I am adding them newest-to-the-top of this article as I find them)
Are these two women the ones who started it?
Helen White appears to be one of the initiators of the LendInk madness, but unfortunately she deleted all her tweets. Do you have a screen capture of what she said? Post in the comments!
You can also visit her website page about it here.
Other authors or people who posted against LendInk:
Danielle Yockman, who said: “This site is pirating books that they have no rights to. They are common thieves. Please remember that authors are people working to make a living too. The average author makes less than 50K a year, more like 20-30K if they are lucky and dedicated. Most authors work a day job to pay the bills and then write at night.”
OG Tomes, who said: “My name is O. G. Tomes and I am the Author of The Sanctuary Saga: No Harm to Charm, book one; Test of Faith, book two and Charms of the Sisterhood,vol. I, II and III. A website that your company hosts (according to WHOIS information) is infringing on at least five copyrights owned by my company.
Articles were copied onto your servers without permission. The original BOOKS, and their covers to which I own the exclusive copyrights, can be found at:
Amazon.com and Smashwords.com
The unauthorized and infringing copy can be found at:
This letter is official notification under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”), and I seek the removal of the aforementioned infringing material from your servers. I request that you immediately notify the infringer of this notice and inform them of their duty to remove the infringing material immediately, and notify them to cease any further posting of infringing material to your server in the future.
Please also be advised that law requires you, as a service provider, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receiving this notice. Under US law a service provider, such as yourself, enjoys immunity from a copyright lawsuit provided that you act with deliberate speed to investigate and rectify ongoing copyright infringement. If service providers do not investigate and remove or disable the infringing material this immunity is lost. Therefore, in order for you to remain immune from a copyright infringement action you will need to investigate and ultimately remove or otherwise disable the infringing material from your servers with all due speed should the direct infringer, your client, not comply immediately.
I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that rights my company owns are being infringed. Under penalty of perjury I certify that the information contained in the notification is both true and accurate, and I have the authority to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright(s) involved.
Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly.
O. G. Tomes
Looks like The OG has another post, just as beautiful as the first: “To whom this must concern:
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT NOTICE
You have never and never will have permission to carry any of my books on file for lending. You shall remove my works from your site immediately!!
The Sanctuary Saga:
No Harm to Charm, book 1 and the Test of Faith, book 2
Charms of the Sisterhood Volumes I,II,and III.A total of 5 books listed on your site that you do not have permission to copy or lend.These infringements are located on your site for lending without my permission.I, O. G. Tomes, am complaining of the infringement upon my legal rights.I demand that you remove my hard work that you have posted as free! I have not given this permission to any one!You may contact me at: email@example.com
This is a statement of good faith belief that the material you are lending belongs solely to me,
O. G. Tomes”
Buck Stienke, who said: “You have no right to post and re-transmit my e-books on your site. Doing so is in violation of US Copyright law and is punishable under federal statute. Remove Black Eagle Force:Eye of the Storm and Sacred Mountain immediately.”
Tony Riches, who said: “Please remove my three books from this site. My novel Queen Sacrifice took over a year to write and I consider book piracy to be theft from authors. Any readers who download stolen books are also guilty of stealing from authors.”
Stephen Dafoe, who said: “I’ll add my name to this list of people pissed off that you are lending my book without my permission. This will serve as your only notice that you are to remove my book Morgan: The scandal that shook Freemasonry from your service immediately.”
Karen Kennedy Samoranos, who said: “Remove my books, “Road Apples,” “The Curious Number” and “Death By Bitter Waters” immediately, and any other books by Karen Kennedy Samoranos. Neither I, nor my publisher, Musa Publishing, have authorized lending of these three aforementioned ebooks for Kindle and Nook, or any other device not listed here. I have notified the relevant outlets, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. You will also receive an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the same demand to remove these three books from your web site.”
Gerry Huntman, who said: “Remove my book Guardian of the Sky Realms, I gave you no permission to steal it. And to the people who ‘liked’ LendInk, congratulations in contributing to make it REAL HARD for struggling writers to get enough money to go pro.”
Kai Starr (Kaichi Satake), who said: “You guys have three of my ebooks for Kindle and Nook available for lending. I have not authorized this, through either service. Please remove all books by Kai Starr and Kaichi Satake. I’ve notified Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as sent an email to your contact address, asking for the removal of these books. Thank you for your help in this.”
Scarlet Hunter, who said: “I demand that you immediately remove all of my books, from your LendInk site. I further demand that you NEVER again illegally post any of my books on your site. My publisher has been notified of your piracy of my work.”
Cathie Dunn, who said: “Remove my three books, Dark Deceit, Highland Arms and Silent Deception from your site, including art work. You don’t have my permission, nor my publisher’s, to share the ebooks through your site.”
Roscoe James, who said: “US based server. You can report the lendink.com pirate site for abuse at – OrgAbuseHandle: ABUSE1761-ARIN
OrgAbuseName: Abuse Department
Drop them a line. I will be shortly.RJ”
Trish Marie Dawson, who said: “Remove my book and/or book image of I Hope You Find Me, immediately from your site. You are illegally distributing it on your site which is a violation of my Copyrights. I want my name, my book’s title, the book image and or any book content removed from your site. Today.”
Sandra Peddle, who said: “Remove The Crone Club and The Moon Maiden by S. V. Peddle from your site immediately. You do not have our permission to distribute our books for free and this is an infringement of our copyright.”
Rachel Lyndhurst, who said: “Please remove my book Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire from your site immediately. You do NOT have permission to lend this book, neither does the woman on your site who is offering it. My book isn’t ‘Lending Enabled’ on Amazon.com either. Please take it DOWN.”
Bill Van Oosten, who said: “What you are doing is illegal and processes are being put in place to stop this practice. I suggest that you comply with the requests to remove all books that you do not have permissions for.”
Chrystalla Thoma, who said: “I am the author of two books on your site (Rex Rising and Hera) and I have never given permission for you to post them there – indeed, any of my author friends whose books you have posted. I am kindly asking, please, to take them down now.”
She also said: “And in fact you have all my books… Please take them all down now. Rex Rising, Rex Cresting, Hera, Dioscuri, The Angel Genome. Today.”
David Naughton-Shires, who said: “I respectfully request you remove all Knightwatch Press publications from you web site immediately, you do not have my permission as owner of the Press of of the authors of the publications to ‘lend’ these books.
I look forward to a speedy conclusion to this situation and hope we can deal with this without the requirement of lawyers
PLEASE REMOVE THE FOLLOWING PUBLICATIONS
AND ANY OTHER I MAY HAVE NOT LISTED WHICH ARE COPYRIGHT KNIGHTWATCH PRESS”
Seumas Gallacher, who said: “THIS IS THE THIRD TIME THAT I DEMAND THAT YOU REMOVE MY BOOK. YOU HAVE NEITHER THE RIGHT TO SHOW THESE NOR IT SEEMS, THE GRACE TO ANSWER ALL THESE MESSAGES TO YOU , FROM ME AND A HOST OF OTHER AUTHORS >> WHAT KIND OF OUTFIT ARE YOU ?????????????”
Captain Caps-Lock also said (earlier): “SECOND INSTRUCTION!!! GET MY BOOKS OFF YOUR SITE NOW !!!!!”
And Mr. All Caps started it all off with this lovely and well-written diatribe: “WHO GAVE YOU PERMISSION TO LEND MY BOOKS FOR FREE?
GET THEM OFF YOUR SITE NOW !!!”
Oh boy, found another from Mr. Gallacher. This time he thankfully did not use all caps entirely: “I see my two novels are on your site WITHOUT MY PERMISSION … As far as I’m aware, This is tantamount to PIRACY and COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT . Please remove my books immediately from your site ..”
Benita Brown, who said: “I did not give permission so please remove my novels from your site:Dark Fugitive, Desire Unbidden, The Savage Tide, The Brides of Eden, A Dark Legacy, Sophie’s Wedding, A Marriage Vow. All by Benita Brown writing as Clare Benedict”
Jenny Woodall, who said: “Please remove my 3 titles written under the pen name of Victoria Howard. You do not have my or my publisher’s permission on your site. Failure to comply will result in legal action under Copyright infringement. Ring of lies; Three weeks Last Spring; The house on the shore.”
Pam Mangol Bitner, who said: “I see many books on your site that cannot be lended through Amazon’s program because the publisher does not participate in the program. I know because I own a copy. You’ll be getting a DRMC notice from me soon for the books of mine you have listed.”
Anne Polhill Walton, who said: “You are infringing international copyright laws by displaying my books on your site without my author’s permission – which I do not/will never grant. My pen name is Nell Peters, titles are Hostile Witness/Double You/Santa’s Slays/Ernestine/I’ve Lost My Voice/The Ferret Has Landed/The World According to Bazil Bratt (aged 8)/Write Therapy/The Grubbits. Please remove these titles immediately and confirm that you have done so.”
She also tweeted about it: “Ah – I see the lendink.com site has been suspended…”
To explain, its like you walking out of the office with your pay check and the landlord immediately asking for half back.
Immoral. Hardly the way to give your site a good reputation.”
Karl Jones, who said: “I have just been told about your site and discovered that you are listing all five of my books, please take them down immediately.
The books are
A Brother’s Debt
The Night Guy
Right Dress, Wrong Girl
She also said, “This is an ILLEGAL PIRATE SITE. They STEAL AUTHOR’S WORK!!! Do NOT use this site!!”
Steve Biddison, who said: “The books on this page are being pirated. No one has given permission to lend these books. They are copyrighted by various authors and legal action will be taken if this site does not remove unauthorized books. This is an ILLEGAL site”
Sharon Cathcart, who said: “You do not have my permission to lend out my books or in any way to make a profit from my COPYRIGHTED WORK. You were not authorized to take my books for distribution. And yet, you did — every single one of them. You have pirated my books. Consider this a cease-and-desist. The next communication will be from my attorney.”
Renaissance Romance Publishing, who said: “COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: Lend Ink has in no way been authorized to redistribute any works published by our house, or by any of our authors. These include Laura Braley, Lisa Bilbrey, Michele Richard, Estelle Mars, and B.F. Betty. Remove ALL titles associated with our publishing house and authors immediately, or we will pursue legal action for lost revenues. A cease and desist letter has been sent to your site, as well.”
Tory Michaels, who said: “You do not have permission to post my books on your site (Blood Rage & Blood-Mage Rising). I have emailed you at the contact email and filed a report. Please take the books down immediately.”
LaVerne Clark, who said: “Please remove both of my books – “Affinity” and “Guardian of the Jewel” immediately from your site. You do not have permission from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, my publisher Wild RosePress, or myself to sell them.”
Erin Dameron-Hill, who said: “Remove all of Erin Dameron-Hill ’s self-published books as well as her New Concepts Published books. You are stealing copyrighted material and legal action will be taken if you do not comply.”
Kissa Starling, who said: “Remove all of my books as Kissa Starling and K. Starling from your site immediately or you will be contacted by my lawyer. If you are downloading books from this site as a reader you are responsible for this illegal activity as well. I suggest you terminate your membership.”
Jeanette Baird Vaughan, who said: “EVERYONE ON THIS SITE!!! EMAIL ME YOUR ADDYS AND WE WILL FILE A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT!” She also got into a long conversation in her comments section about seeking legal advice. Haha, the only advice she’s going to get is from the readers that will stop buying her books because she’s now listed on this history archive I made.
The Mistress of Caps-Lock also went on inanely like so: “GET MY BOOK OFF YOUR SITE OR I WILL FILE A CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT FOR COPYRIGHT VIOLATION IN HRS!! LOOKS LIKE I will have plenty of takers for your illegal lending!!!!! Do you hear me???”
Remove my book from your site immediately
Morticia Knight, who said: “This is an illegal pirate book lending site and should be shut down immediately. You are stealing from me and my family – this is how I support them. I have not given permisiion to have my books given away for FREE at this site and I demand you take them down immediately under DMCA. Anyone reading this – share with your friends and report to Amazon!”
Looks like as far back as August 1st, there were people going in to defend LendInk, but none of the people on my page here seemed to care.
Victoria Pearson Writer, who said: “You seem to have my book, Strange Love and my blog Victoria’s Notebook on your site. I did not give you permission to use my work, nor did I give permission for anyone not affliated with Amazon to lend it in any way. I suggest you remove ALL pirated material from your site immediatly, before legal action is tken against you.”
Cassandre Dayne, who said: “I see nothing legit about your site period and you would not have been taken down by any authors who addressed their concerns. You must realize that. To have your account suspended, which it was, meant the accusations were indeed investigated and found to at least be suspect.”
Additional authors who complained without performing any due diligence
(I will be attempting to get screen caps of their comments):
People who posted to LendInk’s Facebook page but removed their comments: Ken Farmer, Alisha Paige, Gerry Huntman, Deb Harris, Nanette Del Valle Bradford, Ella James
I’m still going through these: Linda Gillard, Jenny Woodall, Maxi Shelton, David J Howe.