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One thing we will never need is a futile DMCA notice, which effectively states 'I may have stolen your book, if you are the author you have to prove it to me and I may hand it back.' Hundreds of pirate download sites (including some big-name sites that charge you for downloading!) are now hiding behind this notice as if it gives them the right to bypass Copyright law. Please don't support digital piracy: keep well away from illegal download sites and use only genuine services like obooko.
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We respect, uphold and protect copyright-holder's rights; that's why we obtain written permission to distribute from every author whose work appears on this site. obooko does not accept posting of books by the general public.
We therefore confirm that you may, with total confidence, legally download free ebooks from obooko for your personal use. You may store them on any computer or hand-held device. Where a book's security settings state Printing Allowed, you may print copies for your own use. But don't forget, you must never attempt to sell these books.
Selling or distributing ebooks, whether free or purchased is Digital Piracy: it is no different to illegally downloading music, software or movies, or copying and selling counterfeit cds or dvds. Just because you can do it does not mean it is right. Check out the movie clip below; it's about movies but the message is the same.
Types of Copyright Licence:
Standard Copyright ebooks are strictly Copyright protected. You must not perform any actions, including copying, printing, distribution or posting on file-sharing websites, without the author's written consent. You will be prosecuted if you offer them for sale. PDF ebooks downloaded from obooko are cleared for personal printing if this option has been enabled in the file's security settings.
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Public Domain texts have few restrictions. If no laws establish proprietary rights over a work to restrict its use by the public at large; typically when Copyright has lapsed or has not been asserted, it is deemed to be in the Public Domain. Be careful though: the text of a book may be in the Public Domain but this does not necessarily mean the book itself is; the cover design and formatting may be the Intellectual Property of an individual or publishing firm and protected by Copyright law. If in doubt, contact the publisher. Please familiarise yourself with Copyright laws in your country.