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More on the Ebooks-Tree Business

As more information comes out about this, we will continue to provide links in the hope that they will be useful.

Copyright info you may not know: besinaao3 (Tumblr) - Links to more information about copyright of fanfic. Note that this poster has multiple short entries answering questions about this business.
topic:copyright, topic:fanfic


Untitled: isfanficlegal (Tumblr) - "How can the DMCA be applicable here? Don't safe harbor provisions only apply to user-generated content? None of the content on ebook-tree appears to be user-generated."
topic:copyright


More than AO3 affected: besinaao3 (Tumblr) - "I’d like to take one moment to point out that although we’ve spent a lot of time talking about the effect this has had on AO3, other fic hosting sites have fallen victim to these folks as well."
topic:copyright, topic:fanfic


April 14, 2015 update on ebooks-tree.com: isfanficlegal (Tumblr) - "CloudFlare has responded to a number of people that they are only a "pass through" - basically, they do host ebooks-tree’s content but only for brief times, and we believe that ebooks-tree has been using CloudFlare to mask where they are truly hosted."
topic:copyright, topic:scam


Untitled: copyright.gov - Portion of copyright law applying to use of pseudonyms
topic:copyright, topic:law


Untitled: isfanficlegal (Tumblr) - "How can the DMCA be applicable here? Don't safe harbor provisions only apply to user-generated content? None of the content on ebook-tree appears to be user-generated."
topic:copyright, topic:law
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The links here seemed time sensitive, so we thought we'd do a special post. These are all links about a site that's been scraping fic (and book samples and journal articles and anything else they can get their hands on). To find out if they've stolen anything of yours, use their search box and put in the name under which you posted your stories. Don't try their alphabetical index because it isn't really alphabetical-- It's sorted by the first two letters of the name, and then everything under that is jumbled together in some random order.

The fics taken seem to be utterly random. They didn't go by length, rating, popularity, or fandom. (This link finder had four stories stolen.)

Untitled: isfanficlegal (tumblr) - "We’ve been getting pings and @’s all morning about ebooks-tree.com who seem to be scraping/taking stories off of AO3 and hosting them as PDFs and mobi downloads on their site; the site seems to be pulling from UrBookLibrary as well. They’re not reading your "do not copy/duplicate" notes on your AO3 fic; their bots are pulling things directly from AO3, without AO3′s authorization or assent. It looks like they are pulling from Wattpad too, again without authorization or assent."
topic:fanfic, topic:copyright


They’re at it again: besinaao3 (Tumblr) - "Remember the Goodreads fanfic debaucle? Well, another site is now doing it. I just found 13 of my stories listed over on ebooks-tree.com, a for-profit site where I neither uploaded them nor authorized anyone else to do so."
topic:fanfic, topic:copyright


Ebooks-tree.com update and getting your works removed: besinaao3 (Tumblr) - "It doesn’t matter if you’re extremely prolific or if you’ve only ever written 1 fic in your life, seven years ago, the ebooks-tree site scraped everything they could from AO3, so even if you think your stuff can’t possibly be there, check!"
topic:fanfic, topic:copyright


Untitled: ao3org (Tumblr) - "A lot of people have been writing into Support about this as well, and as much as we’d like to prevent this kind of thing, 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)."
topic:fanfic, topic:copyright, topic:ao3


Scam Advisor on tzarmedia.com: Scam Advisor - Rating of the site that appears to behind the fic theft. Do not give them a credit card number.
topic:fanfic, topic:scam
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There have been some changes to the mod team over the past few months and there will be more to come in the future, which is why we're putting out a call for volunteer link-finders, either to gather links weekly, or to be ready as emergency cover. Link finding is straight forward and doesn't have to take more than an hour per week. You can have some input into where you get your links from, if you really don't like blogs, for example we won't give you that list, or if you're missing the good old LJ days, you can take the LJ list. We're not going to just drop you in the middle of the internet and leave you to it!

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Mar. 18th, 2015 04:21 pm
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Due to mod team changes, there was a delay in getting last week's post up. We're going to be doing an extra long post this week instead.
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First up, we wanted to say thank you to all our wonderful subscribers. Without your interest and admissions, this newsletter wouldn't exist. we're always thrilled to see how many people are reading, writing and discussing meta. We've had a great 2014, and we hope 2015 will be even better!

There have been some changes to the mod team over the past few months and there will be more to come in the future, which is why we're putting out a call for volunteer link-finders, either to gather links weekly, or to be ready as emergency cover. Link finding is straight forward and doesn't have to take more than an hour per week. You can have some input into where you get your links from, if you really don't like blogs, for example we won't give you that list, or if you're missing the good old LJ days, you can take the LJ list. We're not going to just drop you in the middle of the internet and leave you to it!

Link finding doesn't mean searching out your own links each week. We have established lists of comms and blogs and journals to cover each week.*

So if any of you have a little free time each week, please get in touch, our email is: metanewsfandom@gmail.com or submit an ask/comment to the post. (We're especially looking for people who have some familiarity with tumblr/are willing to learn.)

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