Updating with the latest. What I sent to KDP a few days ago:
Dear [Rep’s Name],
Thank you for prompt response, and for your assistance with this matter. I appreciate Amazon’s careful attention to copyright issues.
Please find attached a DMCA counter-notice.
The DMCA notice you received from Rajesh Lahoti was fraudulent. Shortly after Amazon blocked my book from sale, Rajesh Lahoti initiated contact with me through my website, using an alias. He offered to help me with my “DMCA problem.” I believe he is using the DMCA process as part of a scam.
I hope this matter can be resolved quickly. Please let me know if you have questions or need anything else from me. For instance, I have a signed hard copy of my counter-notice, which I would be happy to mail in.
What I just got:
I’m so sorry, but we can’t offer any additional insight or action on this matter. We are unable to provide you with legal advice. For any specific questions you have about your publishing rights, we recommend you consult an attorney or copyright law professional.
Until this dispute is resolved by all parties concerned, the titles will not be made available for sale in the Kindle Store.
So, there’s the answer to that question: Amazon does not consider itself legally bound by the DMCA counter-noticing provision. If it did consider itself thus bound, it would have to unblock Nolander within 14 days unless a suit were filed against me in my U.S. Federal Court district by Rajesh Lahoti. That’s my understanding of the law, anyway.
(Not sure what all this is about? You’ll find my original post about the situation here.)
Edited to add: Here’s some happy news! Amazon restored the book later this afternoon.