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Old 08-24-2019, 01:51 PM   #44
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It appears you signed up for Zendesk account which is not required. All users sign up using https://www.bookfusion.com/reading



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Took me a while to figure out that an account at the zendesk side does not translate into the reader side; you can't just use one login for all of BookFusion. Also, to make an account at the reader side, it wants my birthday
We only require this to allow us to filter content since children also use the platform to read the free children books that we have. Unfortunately, the laws require us to do this.

What we could do is change it to ask a two questions such as: Are you older than 13 years old? Are you older than 18 years old?

We have no interest in your actual birthday. Do you think just changing it to a two questions would be better?




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Are there age-restricted libraries? It can't be for COPPA reasons; the zendesk-side account didn't need an age statement, not even "I verify that I am old enough to hand you my data."

I can't find a terms of service document on the business side. On the reader side, I found:
Zendesk is managed by Zendesk and so I cannot speak to their terms, however they would likely not require it since you can only open a support ticket. You are not required to create an account there at all. It is used for tutorials and support tickets get created automatically.

Yes there are age restricted libraries that have content that should be accessed by a mature audience only. Additionally due to children accessing the platform as well since it is a general reader we need to comply with COPPA


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I can't find a terms of service document on the business side. On the reader side, I found:


Does this apply to the contents of uploaded books? If so:
  • Does BookFusion believe fanfiction is copyright infringement?
  • What are its standards for "vulgar,... profane or otherwise objectionable," since those terms have no legal definitions? (Can one use it for erotica ebooks?)
  • Can publishers of ebooks include ads for their other works, or for their website, without asking for permission?

I also saw this (emphasis added):
None of these terms apply to eBooks or content that an individual uploads to their private library. This applies to publishers only. Fanfiction is not considered copyright infringement. This terms applies only to Publishers but it is included in the general terms of service.

Will send it to the law firm and have it revised.


No, publishers do not require our permission to include ads in their eBooks at all. The content belongs to the publisher and they can include ads if they want to. There are a few books with ads currently such as the ones offered by this publisher

https://www.bookfusion.com/store/GlenmaisPublications



Indeed, erotica books are also available for sale which is one of the reasons we ask for the age of the reader. This allows us to filter out such content the possibility of finding that content



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I also saw this (emphasis added):


Why would any publisher allow this? "Once you upload your book here, we can edit and republish it any way we want?"

Or is that not talking about book submissions, but discussions in forums or blogs? (Are there social aspects to this?) (Hell, why would people on forums allow it - "we can take your discussions, edit them any way we want, and sell them?")

This means that once you upload an eBook you give BookFusion to permission to edit(enhance it with metadata such as fetching book covers, author information and so on) and republish(convert and optimize the files for our integrated reading software). When an eBook gets uploaded it is sometimes converted to an appropriate format that can be read across all devices and enhanced with additional metadata that might be missing. These terms do not allow BookFusion to sell any uploaded content at all that is not uploaded and made available for sale by an author or publisher.


Based on your questions, it appears that the terms might not be clear as blanket terms and service was created for the platform initially. I just sent an email to the attorney that drafted these terms and shared your posts. Since your interpretation is not inline with our offering for private eBook readers. Those terms apply to publishers and authors.

The only time that I can see that particular line applying would be when we allow Readers readers to loan and borrow eBooks from each other, BookFusion would need the right to "distribute" your eBook to that friend or family member.

However, I do not want any ambiguity or misinterpretations and have requested that they revise the terms and ensure they separate the terms required for publishers and readers.

Thank you for looking since others might share the same interpretation.

Last edited by skillachie; 08-24-2019 at 03:19 PM. Reason: corrected
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