What happens when my e-book is removed from booksies for Intellectual Property Infringement under the DMCA process, e.g., are my earnings impacted?

Yes. If your e-book is in violation of our Intellectual Property policies, we will take the following steps in compliance with the law and our policies:

  • We immediately 1) remove your e-book from the booksies.net Marketplace so that it can no longer be purchased and 2) reach out to you to provide you with information about the removal.
  • Five business days later, if you have not filed a counter-notice, we will provide refunds to Buyers who purchased your e-book within a year of this removal. We do this because Buyers lose access to e-books that are removed.
  • Your earnings from those refunded purchases will be deducted from your current or future earnings.

Will the refunds come from my Paypal/Stripe account?

Booksies.net does not process refunds from Sellers’ PayPal or Stripe accounts or any other bank account. Funds instead may be drawn either from current or future booksies earnings as needed to cover the refunded amount.

What does it mean that booksies.net may refund from my future earnings?

If the refunded amount on your removed e-book total more than your earnings in the first pay period following the refund, booksies will continue to withhold earnings from your future months’ earnings until the total amount is covered.

What are my options if I don’t agree that my e-book is infringing any intellectual property rights?

If you’ve received a takedown notice from booksies.net about one or more of your e-books and your e-book is not actually infringing on that Rightsholder’s intellectual property rights, you can dispute the claim by submitting a Counter-Notice.

A Counter-Notice is a legal claim you make under penalty of perjury that your resource is not infringing on the Rightsholder’s intellectual property. It’s important to be aware that by sending a Counter-Notice, the next step for a Rightsholder can be to file a lawsuit to resolve the dispute. You should be prepared for this possibility if you choose to file a Counter-Notice.

Booksies.net will only process Counter-Notices which are valid, complete and submitted within five business days. Please be aware that if you misrepresent that your material is not infringing, you may be liable to the Rightsholder for damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees.

If I do submit a Counter-Notice, will my earnings still be impacted?

It depends. Once we’ve received your Counter-Notice, we will forward it to the Rightsholder for review. They will then have ten days to review your Counter-Notice and may either:

  1. Take legal action against you (e.g., file a lawsuit against you) if they disagree with your Counter-Notice. In this case, booksies will remove your resources from Buyers and issue refunds. OR
  2. Not take any legal action against you. In this case, booksies will reinstate your resource on the marketplace, will not remove it from Buyers, and will not issue refunds.

Have more questions? Get in touch via our Contact Page or send an email to shine@booksies.net