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To minimize this accidental piracy, we encourage Smashwords authors and publishers to add the Smashwords License Statement to their book. Feel free to modify the Smashwords License Statement to suit your preferences. Or, for authors and publishers who prefer a Creative Commons license, that’s acceptable too.

The Smashwords License Statement is an original creation of Smashwords, and it has been widely adopted by thousands of ebook authors and even some competitors. The Smashwords License Statement acts as a friendly Trojan horse. Even if your book is accidentally copied or shared, the recipient of the book is gently reminded of their legal and ethical obligation to support the author.

To use it for your book, add the following text to the title page or copyright pages of books that carry a price:

Smashwords Edition, License Notes

(Note: if you copy and paste this into your manuscript, be sure to remove the paragraph returns that may appear at the end of each line)

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to your favorite ebook retailer and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

License Statements for books priced at FREE

If your book is free, it can still have a license statement. The wording is up to you. Do you want to grant readers the right to redistribute the book for non-commercial purposes, or do you want to restrict the book to their enjoyment only and invite them to ask others to download the book on their own at an authorized retailer? Here are two potential suggested license statements for free books:

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