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Guys, I think we have a problem about the Wattpad plagiarism thing. The Wattpad petition CPW laid down a few months earlier has been officialy declined by an admin of the site who goes by the name Mary M. I have decided to share this to everyone - have this blogged as soon as time allows me to do so - as this topic doesn't only concern a single person or a single website, but an entire community of writers like us.
Here's her judgment, followed by a comment. First this:
- Hi there,
- Thank you very much for giving us such a detailed suggestion and to all those who supported. I won’t speak too much to the first couple of ideas, as our policies are already zero-tolerance and there are filters in place to detect the copyright of already-published material.
- As for allowing third parties to report infringement, however, this is something that we unfortunately cannot grant. When you submit a DMCA, you are submitting a legal request. The law specifically requires the rights holder or someone else legally authorized on their behalf to invoke such a request; 3rd parties are not the rights holder and therefore cannot speak or act on behalf of the rights holder.
- For this reason, the suggestion will have to be declined. Thank you all for your time and effort.
- Hi there,
- Thanks for your feedback and suport. We have a “zero-tolerance” policy on plagiarism. We ask users to make sure they wrote, own the rights to, or have received permission from the copyright-holder before any content is uploaded to Wattpad. Users are encouraged to report any potentially infringing content for investigation. If an upload violates the content guidelines, it is removed.
- There are over 250 million story uploads on Wattpad and upwards of 300,000 new uploads are added every day. We rely on an in-house community team, a global team of ambassadors and a proprietary algorithm to monitor the platform to ensure users are not posting other people’s stories as their own. It’s a monumental task, but one we take very seriously.
- Hope this helped.
What action should we take next?
EDIT: As unfortunate as it might sound, it seems like there's nothing we can do about this. Sorry.