Recently, the staff was contacted by individuals who were interested in using DLP as a platform to promote their efforts to continue abandoned stories. Upon further investigation, it appears that the individuals involved (including some members of this site) are taking a non-response from authors as permission to use their works. To that end, we'd like to make two things abundantly clear: 1. We will protect our authors' work on their behalf, pursuant to US Copyright Law, unless they authorize you explicitly to use it. By posting their works on this site, they have an automatic individual copyright over their works. Notice of the copyright can be found on the bottom of the forums. 2. Any individuals involved in the theft of a DLP authors' work, including: The continuation of abandoned stories without explicit permission of the original author. Promotion of those continuations. Facilitation of those continuations via hosting, etc. Will warrant a lifetime ban from DLP, effective 24 hours from this announcement. To be clear, this includes the individuals who host their forums, the moderators of /r/HPFanfiction, and all individuals involved in the project. Fanfiction exists on the goodwill of the original authors. Anne Rice was successfully able to shut down her fanfiction communities, whereas JKR has endorsed her fanfiction communities. It is otherwise a grey area. If JKR decided tomorrow that she didn't like our communities, she would have ample legal means to remove us. The same rights apply to works written by all authors (fanfiction or no), and we encourage the people behind the abandoned story project to take a very conservative approach to permission. Defaulting to assuming permission without explicit authorization is unethical at best not to mention offensive. DLP views this in the same light as plagiarism. Have a good day. NOTE: DarkSyaoran's previous ruling on not jihading on DLP's behalf remains in effect. You can go make your position clear, but have an argument. Don't reflect poorly on the site or we'll crack your head open.