Saturday, May 9, 2009

Wattpad

So, I have been getting a lot of comments recently about people who have read The Prettiest Thing on this website called Wattpad. I had never heard of it before so I went to explore and sure enough, that story, and a bunch of others that I have written are all posted there. I had no idea this website existed. I am happy to have more people reading my stories but... I never gave permission to anyone to post my stories on another site. I have been having a lot of problems lately with people copying and pasting my work and passing it off as their own and I am nervous/scared that someone has done this. I am not angry. I just am paranoid because I like having my stories on a site I know I can control. Whoever has posted my stories on Wattpad, please, please, take them down. I am working on a book of short stories to have published and I need to be able to have control over all of my stories for editing and copyright purposes. Thank you.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have just let her a comment on the prettiest thing because I found that totally unrespectful of her to do that without asking you ^^
I'm on your side !!!

bulma-veggie

Francois said...

Wattpad is actually where I heard of you for the first time- It is totally bad and not right for them to post your work there.
But maybe you should go and post your work there- I heard somewhere that it is the most popular e-book sharing community there is and then at least it will be there because you posted it on there and not some other confused criminal that is passing of your work of as his or her own. Love your work!

Anonymous said...

Your stories are boring. Why would anyone steal them?

Naoise said...

That wasn't nice without asking for your permission. I do hope she/he takes them down for you.

And who is this 'anonymous' person above? That is a very rude thing to say. Your stories are far from boring Kate.

On a lighter note, you're publishing a book? I will definitely be purchasing that!

Love, Naoise.

Molly said...

It's an invasion of your rights as an author, and I really hope that you can get that situation sorted!

Also, that anonymous is completely wrong. And stupid.

redrose86 (Dove) said...

Not again. Why people continue to do such stupid things and not give a care in the world. That is so wrong.

And who's this anonymous saying that your story is boring. For one thing, it is not and don't pay attention what the anon says because that person must have a terrible life.

DOLCEVITA said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this! I checked it out and not only 'the prettiest thing' was on it but other ones as well!!

ones that I've seen was
Ghetto Gospel
Poketful of..
Crazy and..
Better together
Sweetest thing
Seven minutes in..
and a whole other ones

http://www.wattpad.com/user/Ashley21babe

http://www.wattpad.com/user/korina16

Jen said...

If you go to the wattpad site you can report a copyright violation under the feedback section. Because you never gave permission for your stories to be posted, even if they gave you credit as the author, the stories should be removed if you ask them.

Bertbaby said...

Jen,

I actually did allow Wattpad to publish my Flores Girl: The Children God Forgot novel and they have been a great group to work with. Unfortunately some of their members don't understand copyright law when they publish work even though the site explicitly states not to without permission of the author!

They created a way of addressing this issue and this is from "Wattpad allows removal of infringing material" by Paul Biba at Teleread:

"However, I’ve been reluctant to mention them (Wattpad) because when I go to the site it seems to me to contain a mass of unlicensed copyrighted material. I guess Wattpad recognizes this problem, as I just received the following from them:

Wattpad, the world’s most popular ebook community, today announced an innovative pilot program for authors to identify and remove copyright infringing material. It is the first user-generated content community to take such an initiative in order to protect content owners and at the same time support creative uses of the service for both writers and readers.

Participating authors will be given the privilege to immediately remove any works created by them but uploaded without their permission. While Wattpad already monitors user uploads, due to the high volume it is not possible to screen and verify all uploaded content, the Authors In Charge Program will allow removal of copyright infringing material accurately and in a timely manner.

Participating authors include New York Times and USA Today best selling authors such as Karen Chance and Lisa Kleypas. The program will be expanded over the coming months.

More information about Wattpad Authors In Charge Program is available online at www.wattpad.com/faq#aicp.

Anyway I hope they can assist you and if not let me know and I can give you some contact names.

Cheers,
Erik John Bertel
Author Flores Girl: The Children God Forgot

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I'm glad to see that you found out about this. Wattpad is also how I found out about your stories, which I love by the way! Before I discovered your blog I tried messaging you about wattpad on fictionpress. Wattpad DOES explicitly say not to post copywrited material, however it does seem like a great way to get your name out there. I second Francois's opinion. Maybe you should post some of your writing there yourself. That way you can direct readers to your fictionpress account etc. Personally, I work in an office where the websites I visit are monitored. Somehow, wattpad flies under the radar. I spent all of March reading The Prettiest Thing at work on wattpad. I'll just say it made work much more enjoyable!

Happy writing!
~ Nadine

roxy324 said...

If you need to take legal action don't be afraid to do so. If people continue to disrespect your intellectual rights they need to know it won't go unnoticed.

As for the haters, forget their nastiness. They have nothing better to do with themselves.

GCH: But we turn feces to fertilizer. So when you diss it's just food for the flowers to grow.

Anonymous said...

I just find it to be completely funny people support such shitty writing from a snob. There are plenty of other great writers out there who do not get attention because their stories have substance and a wide genre range. They don't write about fucking and sucking and that is what it is all about. People only give a shit about sex and that is so fucking sad and pathetic. Go to hell all of you bitches.

Francois said...

Whoa!
I really think you should disable anonymous comments because there is a confused dweeb that thinks that he can write a better book- to the dweeb [anonymous], Can YOU write a BETTER book?

Naoise said...

Her stories have a wide range of themes and I think what you are doing is highly disrespectful to her. She works hard to be an author and she doesn't deserve someone coming along and leaving rude comments, especially someone who doesn't even have the courtesy to leave a name.

If you don't like her stories she's not forcing you to read them. You don't have to be so nasty and all authors deserve the same treatment. Nobody who works hard on writing a story wants to have it copied without their permission.

So, please there is no need to be so rude.

Esther said...

Hey Kate. I think your writing is incredible. I always read your stories to cheer myself up on a rainy day or to feel the love your portray through your stories.

I'm sorry you have to go through so much crap. There's always a downside to anything good. I'm just saying that you have so much support from all of us. Keep writing and don't let people like ^anonymous above bring you down.

Anonymous said...

thts where i first read your books and im actully gald tht person put it up i really enjoyed your books but i think tht they had no right to do tht but u should post someof your stories on there

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Millerdjwm said...

That wasn't nice without asking for your permission. I do hope she/he takes them down for you. And who is this 'anonymous' person above? That is a very rude thing to say. Your stories are far from boring Kate. On a lighter note, you're publishing a book? I will definitely be purchasing that! Love, Naoise.