So I got beached at for hijacking the "I'm Being Plagiarized ... Advice" thread and I promised to take these larger issues to a new thread. The argument that Amazon isn't responsible has been revived by Shadowwalker, so rather than continue in that thread, here I am. The background: Amazon took plagiarized work down after a bit more than a week, only upon a direct request from the original author. This particular thief had 11 stolen works for sale, all taken from Wordpress, all documented in comments posted in the book reviews. Six have since been removed by Amazon and five remain despite the obvious question, why doesn't Amazon care when the evidence is overwhelming the author is a blatant thief? Amazon's legal department said they don't look at any evidence of plagiarism except direct requests. Steerpike and Shadowwalker both expressed the belief it wasn't up to Amazon as a bookseller and not a publisher, to police for plagiarism. The problem, however, is the individual author has no way to search the Amazon site for stolen work. It's behind the 'preview this book' wall. There is nothing to stop the thieves from simply re-listing the stolen work under a different title and pen name. And the third thing compounding the problem is the plagiarized work is being stolen wholesale by professional thieves, including some who download large numbers of books from sites like Wordpress, put them in zip files and sell them to the fake authors. The fake authors are often overseas, with many barriers to prosecution. Here is the last post in the thread and my reply to it: The world, as you know, is not static. You can't always apply traditional truths when new realities emerge. The paradigm shift here is that the book sellers' new selling platform is a major component of the problem. I have a couple sources I posted in the original thread that discuss what measures Amazon could take and why they should take them. One of the sources was from a couple years back, so this is not new news for Amazon. I'll be adding links to the thread in the near future. It's my premise that Amazon will not act unless some legal or economic pressure is applied.