An ebook retailer in the U.S. is threatening legal action against the owner of an alleged ebook thief book he said used a bogus ISBN for books it didn’t own.
According to the New York Post, a man called James K. was selling ebooks that didn’t exist and was allegedly using the ISBN to steal thousands of dollars in sales.
The man told the Post that he sold thousands of copies of his books but didn’t get paid.
According a statement from the New Jersey State Department of Consumer Protection, the man “has been accused of illegally reproducing, copying, selling and distributing counterfeit or counterfeit books, movies, CDs, books and other merchandise.”
“The man has been charged with engaging in unlawful reproduction, copying and distribution of counterfeit or counterfeited goods,” the agency said in a statement.
The agency also accused K. of “selling or distributing stolen goods.”
said he was threatened by the government.
“I was told they’re going to take my house and destroy it, if I don’t stop selling, I’ll be in trouble, said K., who lives in Philadelphia.
The department said it’s investigating K.’s complaint, and said the agency is “investigating and pursuing legal action in an effort to protect consumers.”
The New York State Department said it was “aware of the allegations” against K., and would take action if the alleged behavior was proven.