Originally Posted by JSWolf
Amzon, turn off self-publishing and this problem won't happen. Then when any eBooks are uploaded, validate them first.
And how, exactly, does Amazon validate them?
One of the big problems with the current state of copyright in the world is that there is no directory of who owns what content.
It's fairly easy to determine who owns the rights to something like Harry Potter or Heinlein, but what about something a no-name author put out a few years back?
Or how about the Doc Savage and The Shadow stories where we have a company (Conde Nast) who says that they own the rights, but others (Blackmask) saying that they are in the public domain. (Story here
Of course, it would be a really nice thing if Amazon would pay to do all the leg work to determine the ownership of all these "abandoned" works, but I doubt that they could afford it (and it probably wouldn't be worth it).