Good morning everyone!
This morning we received an email from a RAK participant regarding concerns she had about some e-books that she received as RAK gifts. She is familiar with DRM (Digital Rights Management) Laws and how they apply to digital media, in this case, e-books. She was able to determine that the e-books she received were not legally passed along.
We have decided not to disclose the name of the participants for privacy reasons and because we don't want this to become a public scolding or lynching. However, we feel that it is very important that we address this issue now.
While we have no intention of prohibiting e-books from being gifted for RAK, we MUST prohibit the illegal sharing of e-books. As book bloggers, we all have far too much respect for this industry to do it the injustice of obtaining and/or sharing books via illegal means.
We ask that you refrain from downloading any illegal copies and that you most certainly NOT share them with others. If one of you receive a copy that you have ascertained is illegal, please DELETE it immediately.
In order to avoid this from happening in the future, we have added a new and important rule to the gifting of e-books:
E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle Store is set up to allow this, as well as the Kobo store and we believe Barnes & Noble as well.
We are not here to babysit you but to encourage you to share the love of books with your fellow bloggers. If any of you receive an illegal e-book, please feel free to address it directly with the person who gifted you. If you have trouble, or if it happens on more than one occasion, then please notify us. If you cannot play by the rules, you will be banned from RAK.
Thank you all for making this feature so AWESOME!