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Is it illegal for an author's children to review thier books?


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Initial post: 13 May 2012 15:35:34 BDT
Sorry, I know this sounds, but I heard that it is supposed to be illegal or not allowed for an author's children or close relatives to leave reviews on thier work.

Is this the same on Amazon?
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 16:24:12 BDT
Anita says:
I doubt you'd ever go to jail for that.

But then, you should be prepared to be laughed at, and in some not-so-pleasant ways. Especially if you forget to mention the family ties after giving the book five stars

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 16:46:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 May 2012 16:50:30 BDT
No, I didn't think you could be prosecuted for it- but I encountered one reviewer who was particularly zealous in defending and promoting an author's work, and attacked me for criticising it. I confess I did some research on her and found certain clues to suggest that she was none other than the author's daughter.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 17:14:19 BDT
Anita says:
So why are you asking? I suggest you read some of the other threads. The subject has been discussed over and over

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 17:36:00 BDT
Sorry, can you tell me of any threads in particualar?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 18:11:12 BDT
Jim Webster says:
I suspect that it's not illegal, so probably falls into the 'immoral' or 'fattening' categories

mind you given UK law, you'd probably discover we'd all have to be CRB checked before we could read the children's reviews if they were under the age of 26 ;-(

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 18:54:29 BDT
Yup, quite likely

Posted on 13 May 2012 19:07:39 BDT
Anita says:
Medieval Lady: I can't give you a definite answer, there's lots of spam and jokes at spammers, and self-reviewers, and reviews by family members, and the like these days. Try checking out the "New author spam" thread just below, you might find more answers than you asked for.

Jim: UK law must be something, then... :)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 19:10:53 BDT
Jim Webster says:
It must be, we have so much of it

Posted on 14 May 2012 17:47:08 BDT
J. Turner says:
It's not actually illegal - but it is considered pretty bad form! In fact I have noticed that if I really like a book and rave over it, I have been accused of being the author, part of the family or bosom buddy! Amazon.com is particularly paranoid about this...

Posted on 14 May 2012 18:11:33 BDT
John says:
If you have found something interesting, shameful, or even funny, then post the details here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/forum/fantasy/ref=cm_cd_notf_message?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx7R5DCJ9UVMQT&cdPage=2&cdThread=TxPHHINWBSN296#Mx11G0MEHA58D5V

Posted on 19 May 2012 13:42:23 BDT
I don't think it is illegal for the AUTHOR to review his own books.
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