VDM Publishing

Ever hear of this publishing company? Neither had I until one of their “authors”, if one could call copying wiki articles an author, copied Team FREDNET’s 124 page wiki without contacting anyone for permission.

It is a long story…traversing the pretend author publishing under one of VDM’s Imprints, Sess, and charging a very large amount for this information; then have Google Books, LLC offer the same book for sale while Team FREDNET was still an active Team in the Google Lunar XPrize  competition. TF only signed Master Team Agreement 3.1 mainly because of Media Rights in the follow up MTA’S.

Does this constitute copyright infringement? It all depends on the interpretation of the Creative Commons License CY-BY-SA.

I, for one, think that this company did so, however, that is not a legal opinion. I would advise against using a CC License, because there are folk out there who can and will take your work and publish without your knowledge.

I found all of this by accident and have spent days researching what can be done now since this happened in 2011.

I would recommend always placing your own copyright on your material. I am going in here on WP to change mine….I found purpleborough, just not a book yet.

Want to check it out: plug in Team Frednet, Google Books and see for yourself.