Restricted Category Sweeps
Posted by Kerrigan Sheehan
08/06/11 - 12:07AM
NOTICE: The moderators will be doing a rule compliance sweep in the coming weeks for categories with restrictions on them. Only the following categories will be affected: Real Person and Harry Potter.
These are NOT new rules. They've been on the archive from the beginning and can be seen in the FAQ and at top of those sections in the archive.
J. K. Rowling has requested that there be no explicitly sexual fanworks made from her stories. The site does not want to risk legal action regarding hosting fanfiction depicting real people in sexual situations or fanfiction that goes against J.K. Rowling's wishes.
Authors of stories in the Real Person and Harry Potter categories rated 17+ or above and stories with certain warnings regarding sexual situations will be sent an email by the mods, two weeks after which the stories will be reviewed. If the stories are not removed or edited to comply with the information sent in the email, they will be subject to deletion.
No other categories will be affected.
If you have any questions, comment on this announcement or contact a mod. Information on that can be found in the post directly below this one.
Edit by shadowsirenv: E-mails have been sent to authors with stories in those categories that fall under those warnings. Please check your e-mails, for you may have received one. If you have not received an e-mail and you have stories that fall under these categories and warnings, please edit or delete your story accordingly and let one of the mods know or drop a comment here. You'll have until August 22nd to do whatever you need to before we begin sweeps.
EDIT by Sally: Guys, e-mailing me won't get you a stay of execution. We've operated on the honor system since we opened. Every few years, we see a flood of legal action taken against fanfiction sites. So far, we have never been subject to that and I'd like it to stay that way. They don't play around. :-(
Fanfiction, in all technicality, falls under copyright and trademark infringement. Most entities, authors, etc. tend to be extremely lenient and some even love fanfiction. It doesn't make Ms. Rowling or any other author mean, it's within her legal right.