Originally Posted by ahi
The only reasonable way to deal with this (since verifying every book uploaded is not reasonable by any stretch of the imagination) is to only deal with established publishers, or with distributors/wholesalers who only deal with established publishers.
But as I understand in a few more years there will be no more publishers, no more distributors, only westerners sitting on their asses at home editing each others' fan fiction until it is deemed ready for cloud-publishing by the collective conscious. So professionally published books not yet in the public domain will cease to be available altogether, and the problem will thus solve itself.
I believe that it is very reasonable to verify every book that is uploaded. If you intend to sell if for profit you should be validating that you have the appropriate rights.
What is required is to revert the Copyright laws back to 14 years from the publish date and keep a central database. Companies like Amazon should be lobbying the governments for this.