Publishing House ‘Plush Books’ Accused of Stealing Dozens of Fanfiction Works

It’s been a tough time to be a fanfic creator. The previous few weeks have seen a whole bunch of authors setting their profiles to personal with the information that AI writing like Lensa and OPenAI have been fed content material from AO3. Even worse, a “publishing firm” has been accused of publishing fanfiction with out the writers’ data or permission. Plush Books instantly debuted on the publishing scene in 2022, with 145 books printed in a ridiculously brief quantity of time. They declare to “publish top quality works with years of artistic output and analysis.” While a big quantity of their books are cookbooks, many of “their works” look like fanfiction taken straight from AO3 or FanFiction.internet, unedited, unaltered, with no credit score (or revenue) being given to the unique writers of the fanfic. Quick word: I can’t be the one one discovering this considerably ironic, proper? Back within the early days of fanfiction, individuals needed to put disclaimers on their work to keep away from getting sued for theft of mental property. Now we’re getting our work stolen by pretend publishing homes and tech bros who suppose they’ll make a revenue on our work? Thankfully, fanfiction communities have rapidly caught on and are already mobilizing towards this. According to this TikTok by @remembermenot, inside hours of this being dropped at authors/artists’ attentions, that they had created a spreadsheet noting the unique tales and the websites they have been printed on, the authors listed, and whether or not they had been contacted or not. They additionally had a type letter and a Reddit submit detailing the method for reporting the books to Amazon and getting them taken down. Twitter person @KokomRoily has additionally created a thread exhibiting which fanfiction had been stolen and plugging the unique authors. All of this exhibits the devoted group of fanfiction and the way far we’re prepared to go to guard ourselves and one another. As @remembermenot said within the TikTok above, “That’s the entire level of fandom is to return collectively when there’s a downside, not reducing one down, not simply shoving it to the facet, it’s to return collectively as a group… [these people are] those who exuded what true fandom is.” In some methods, it sucks that we’ve got to guard ourselves on this manner, that fanfiction and on-line writing communities really feel more and more underneath assault from those that search to steal our work. But no less than we all know we aren’t alone, that we’ve got a group that may combat for us. (featured picture: Shutterstock) —The Mary Sue has a strict remark coverage that forbids, however is just not restricted to, private insults towards anybody, hate speech, and trolling.—Have a tip we must always know? [email protected]

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