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Date: 2015-04-15 03:31 am (UTC)
icarus: Snape by mysterious artist (Default)
From: [personal profile] icarus
Subject line: no idea what that said. (What on earth....)

I'm concerned about this theft. Not past thefts. Not hypothetical thefts. The ones that just happened.

AO3 tells us this one happened because of the download link:

...there’s only so much we can do while also keeping the downloads functionality alive for our users (who might depend on it due to limited internet time or mobile access only).

...The only way we could prevent bots from downloading files would be to add a CAPTCHA button to downloads, and for a lot of accessibility reasons, we are not planning on doing this.


The download link is the weakness. If you want to argue with how this happened, you can argue with them. I'm just going by what they said.

Now, in Isis' journal I learned that full eBooks from fandom members' websites were also stolen. But bottom line, this bot scraped downloadable eBooks.

So we need to do something about that. I don't want my stories stolen.

I'm hearing you say: "theft happens ... and that's okay, because you can't do anything about it." Maybe I've misunderstood you, but that's what I'm hearing.

I believe: "theft happens ... and that's not okay, and we can do something about it." And I know we can, because AO3 says so right there. They just don't want to. Maybe there's a better solution than a CAPTCHA, but we know this particular type of theft can be prevented.

Why prioritize accessibility over taking measures to prevent theft? Am I the only person who noticed that when my stories got stolen--it was my problem?

At this point it appears to me that AO3 has leaned too far in the direction of accessibility, prioritizing the needs of readers, while exposing the writers to theft.
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