Tumblr user wildrhov has given the warning that certain malicious fanfiction sites are stealing and re-posting stories from Fanfiction.net without permission.
These sites have not only mirrored and reposted fanfics and entire profiles without authorization, but are also making profit off them with advertisements (a practice known as spamdexim). These sites also look very similar to the Fanfiction.net interface, so it’s very easy to get confused. Do NOT log in to these websites as they could still your email and password!
These are the sites that are currently mirroring Fanfiction.Net:
(We recommend you do NOT click these sites, especially if you don’t have an Ad Blocker, as some people have reported that their computers have notified them of viruses and malicious malware!):
Some ways to fight against this plagiarism is to report these sites to Google and/or to send an email to Fanfiction.Net (firstname.lastname@example.org) explaining what is happening. Tumblr user tikatu also suggests filing a DCMA takedown order for each site and gives a template for it:.
To Whom It May Concern,
I have discovered that my original fanfiction works and my personal fanfiction.net profile have been posted without my permission on your site. I am from [insert country you’re from].
My original fan fiction works can be found here: [insert your profile link].
Your stolen works can be found here: [insert link to stolen works].
Copyright law in the United States implies that even a derivative work (which mine is) that cannot be sold enjoys some protection from copyright infringement. We can see this in the realm of approved derivative works such as tie-in novels. I realize this is still a gray area, and is disputed in many venues. However, until a definite ruling comes down which removes fan fiction entirely from under the copyright umbrella, I will claim what rights I do have. [Use this ONLY if your work is fanfiction AND if you are from the US. Delete if your work is original.]
You may reach me at my email address: [your email address].
I have a good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted work described above is not authorized by the copyright owner and is otherwise not permitted by law.
I swear that the information contained in this notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or have an exclusive right in law to bring infringement proceedings with respect to its use.
Thank you. I look forward to a timely resolution to this matter.
[Add electronic or scanned physical signature, depending on how you are sending this.]
A lot of Tumblr users have already found their stories on those sites but, even if you’re a FF.net writer and are curious to see if your stories have been stolen, we do not recommend you enter those sites, especially if your computer is not protected. If you do, make sure to run a scan afterwards! There’s also no point in giving them more traffic/money, so it’s best to just signal boost the message so that more people can take action in reporting them.
If you have any other ideas or suggestions, make sure to share it with other people by sharing it here or adding it in the original Tumblr post so that this issue can be fixed as soon as possible!