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It looks more like a distributor/bookseller than a publisher. They neither acquire nor edit; rather, you sign up for an account with them, upload your works, and they sell them and share the revenues with you.
They're probably honest and well-meaning but I'm guessing that they're going to morph, unknowingly, into a torrent site in the very near future.
Many thanks to the Moderator for your help.
Hi Unimportant (but your views are important to me)
DZFiction is very new and there is scope for change. We hope the change will be positive to our writers, especially the up and coming writers. The site is developing into a social publishing site that will help writers improve and sell their works (when they are ready). We have also formed a DZFiction Book Club that will provide timely feedback to the writers. Nevertheless, the royalty (70% of net sales) and other features remain unchanged.
Hope the information is useful.
DZ, do you have in place any screening/plagiarism-detecting software to check each author's uploaded manuscripts, to make sure they're not just handing you pirated copies of someone else's books?
DZ, can a person also sell with Amazon and B&N or must they sell exclusively with you?
If I select Japanese does DZ translate my manuscript or does it already have to be in that language?
Will you publish anything or do you have specific genres?
Nevertheless, we respect the intellectual property rights of others. If anyone believes that material located on or linked to by DZFiction.com violates their copyright, they are encouraged to notify us in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DZ, thanks for responding: but your reply didn't actually answer Unimportant's question, which was:
What are you going to to do ensure people don't pirate or plagiarise on your site?DZ, do you have in place any screening/plagiarism-detecting software to check each author's uploaded manuscripts, to make sure they're not just handing you pirated copies of someone else's books?
Writers will only be required to agree to an exclusive agreement when they allow adaptation, including translation, of their works. This is mainly to protect other users who adapt or translate.
Speaking of which, we do not translate any work; we offer other users the option to do so, provided that the original author allows this. The latter is entitled to part of the royalties (based on 70% of net sales from that particular title) from the sale of the adaptation.
Hope this clarifies. Look forward to seeing your story (any genre) at DZFiction.
Last edited by DZFiction; 07-08-2012 at 02:55 PM.
It's good that you'll remove offending works if they're reported, but that's not really enough: will you take any action against people who offend in this way? will you take any steps to compensate the author whose works were pirated or plagiarised, and who might well have lost work or income as a result?
Let me ask you again, only I'll reframe my question this time.
What sorts of adaptations do you allow on your site? In this context, how would you define "adaptation"? What sorts of adaptations would you not allow?
"Tenable [owner of DZFiction] will terminate a user’s access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the user is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Tenable or others. "
Last edited by DZFiction; 07-08-2012 at 04:20 PM.
[QUOTE=DZFiction;7417290]Yes, this is already stated in my terms and conditions:
"Tenable [owner of DZFiction] will terminate a userís access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the user is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Tenable or others. "
I'm glad you've got that in your T&C, but why does someone have to be a repeat offender to get hoisted off your site? Isn't once enough?
There's no need to apologise, none at all. I dislike plagiarism and plagiarists intensely and prefer sites which don't allow their members any leeway on it; you might not feel the same. If you don't, however, I won't be able to recommend your site to anyone who asks me about it.We apologise if you feel that our steps are not proactive enough. The management will study other methods of prevention and implement if suitable.
So the adaptations you allow are translations and reworking into totally different formats. Do the original authors get any say over who is allowed to use their work in this way, or is it just a question of allowing these adaptations and then anyone can have a go?My apologies, I had interpreted your question wrongly; I had thought that you were really asking about the operational aspect as in what "allow adaptation" meant. Anyway, the adaptation on my site will comprise translation as well as adaptation from fiction to comics/manga and vice versa. You may wish to see the following page for more information on adaptation:
You're selling fan fiction?
Aaaand there goes my interest.
And of course, that would be a major legal no-no, unless they restricted it to adaptations of public domain work.
Last edited by DZFiction; 07-09-2012 at 01:43 PM.
Thank you all for your reminder. Just to clarify, all fanfiction are not for sale - users will be blocked from pricing any work under this category. We also encourage anyone to report to us (with the story URL and the title of the original work) at email@example.com if they discover any fanfiction being masqueraded as original fiction.
You'd be better off allowing people to only post their original work on your site, apart from allowed adaptations of other works which appear there. Make it clear in your terms and conditions that fan fiction isn't allowed, and nor is plagiarism; and that anyone who posts any will be banned from your site. I've dealt with a few plagiarists in my time and not one of them has stopped plagiarising when given second chances.
But do you know what? It's not up to me, or to anyone at AW, to tell you about this, nor should you rely on what you read here. You need to get yourself proper legal advice about copyright law and how it pertains to you: we cannot replace this. Without it, you're likely to find yourself on the receiving end of a lawsuit, which could be expensive. Please be careful.
Fan fiction is illegal whether free or priced. And plagiarism could land you in court whether first offense or not. I would suggest taking legal advice before proceeding with a policy that explicitly states you intend to host illegal materials. This might leave you liable in a way that non-permissive sites are not--they can always say 'oops, it happened but it was against our rules'--leaving only the author exposed.
I am not against fanfiction; I read it and write it. But I would never publish it for the simple reason that I don't want to be sued.
I would also suggest looking at ensuring you are only paying out money to members old enough to sign a binding contract. I saw no age requirement on you site?
Dear Old Hack and veinglory,
Thank you for your advice. After reviewing, "repeat" has been removed from paragraph 10 of the Terms & Conditions, which will now read as:
"Tenable will terminate a userís access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the user is determined to be an infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Tenable or others."
By the way, Tenable/DZFiction has never supported plagiarism. In fact, the Terms & Conditions have clearly stated that any infringing material will be removed upon notices. Hence, veinglory, perhaps you would like to include the link to the Terms & Conditions on your blog entry, so as to allow your readers to make an informed decision about DZFiction.
The detailed age requirement is also stated there. While users under 18 can use the site, they need to at least obtain their parents' / legal guardians' consent. However, these users cannot allow adaptation of their works; only users who are at least 18 years old can do so.
Regarding scanlation, thanks for reminding me about it, veinglory. Just to clarify, it can only be done for works that allow adaptation on DZFiction. In fact, there has never been any "scanlation" category on the site.
For fanfictions on DZFiction, there will be two types - of works that allow adaptation or of public domain works. For the latter, users need to upload them under the fanfiction category, which will be resumed tomorrow. Copyright owners are encouraged to notify us in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org if they believe that any fanfiction violates their copyright.