merrily: Mac (Default)
[personal profile] merrily
Well, this fucking sucks.

TL;DR summary:

Ebooks Tree - an ebooks website with a paywall - is using a bot to harvest work from AO3. They are not asking permission from authors.

If they have taken your work and posted it, it will say that it has 612 downloads and 41 comments. These figures are fake; however, it is accurate that your work is archived somewhere that you didn't give permission for.

You can file a DMCA complaint using their contact form here. Put "DMCA complaint" in their subject line.

You can also submit an abuse notification to their host server, Moniker, at abuse@moniker.com. (I used WhoIs to find their host server info.) [EDIT - Moniker got back to me and said they aren't hosting ebooks-tree, they just registered the domain name. So don't do this.]

And then, like me, you can BE ANGRY and FUME ABOUT IT.

Why are we never rid of assholes who look at our gift economy and think "hey, I bet I can make money from that"?

UPDATE: fyeahcopyright - ie, Heidi Tandy, fan and lawyer and legal counsel for OTW (publishers of AO3), is on it.

UPDATE 2: It looks like all the AO3-harvested stuff is down. This might be a good time to mention that here is where you can donate to the OTW, who always has our backs about this kind of bullshit.

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Date: 2015-04-14 01:24 am (UTC)
raincitygirl: close up of the Hulk's face (Hulk (kickair8p))
From: [personal profile] raincitygirl
Grrr! Would you mind if i linked to your post? It's the most cogent explanation I've seen so far, and has all those handy dandy links.

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Date: 2015-04-14 09:41 am (UTC)
icarus: Snape by mysterious artist (Default)
From: [personal profile] icarus
The download button on AO3 has caused this problem.

It can be solved.

Give authors the option to opt-out of downloads.

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Date: 2015-04-15 12:12 am (UTC)
waketosleep: signboard saying 'I have seen the truth and it doesn't make sense' (Default)
From: [personal profile] waketosleep
They had my fic Bang a Gong up there. Looks like the download is disabled but the page is still on the site.

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