Reporting Copyright Infringement on Other Websites

If another person has posted your original Wattpad story or image onto another website, this guide will help you to understand the process of submitting a copyright report.

 

How does posting on Wattpad protect my copyright?

When you post your story or image on Wattpad, we automatically include the date of publish on that story (or post) for you. This establishes the proof of creation required for any copyright issues that arise. If there is any dispute about the original source of the work, the registered date of the digital work on Wattpad provides support for your claims.

Similar story lines or plot themes

Please note that copyright protects the expression of an idea and not the idea itself. Unfortunately, similar story lines or plot themes are not enough to constitute a copyright violation. Unless there is substantial evidence of copyright infringement that can hold up in a court of law, website administrators may not be able to remove the story. If this is the case, we suggest you try to contact the other writer and respectfully try to resolve the issue in private.

 

Who should I contact?

On the homepage of the website where your story has been copied, look for tabs such as Support, Help, or Contact Us. These links can sometimes be found at the very top or very bottom of the web page. Depending on the size and popularity of the website, you may have to fill out an online form or send an email to the website’s support staff.

Tip: If you are still unable to find the right contact information, try searching for “[website name] report copyright” through your preferred search engine.

 

What information should I include?

If the website requires you to fill out a form, be sure to include all the information that is being requested. Alternatively, if you have to contact the web administrators through email, include the following information:

  • The title of your original work, the date it was posted onto Wattpad, and the direct link/URL to the Wattpad page it’s posted on

  • The title of the copied work, the date it was posted (if available), and the direct link/URL to the page it’s posted on

  • A description of what has been copied (i.e. a portion of your story has been copied, your entire story has been copied, etc.)

  • Ask for an update on the actions being taken and provide instructions on the best way to contact you (an email address will do)

If you are requested to provide an official Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-down notice, please refer to DMCA Section 512(3) Elements of notification to see what type of information needs to be included.  

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