Shannon Stacey

Wattpad aiding authors in combating piracy

Recently I was browsing the iPod App Store and stumbled across the Wattpad app. My reaction? Well, here’s what I said on Twitter:

“Annoyed Apple allows Wattpad app. Effin pirates abound. Reviews filled w/ outrage not enough free NEW books stolen.”

(Which sounds rather harsh in the light of day, but I’d recently found one of my titles on that site and pirates do push the hostility button in an author.)

Today I received a nice email from Mr. Allen Lau, co-founder of Wattpad, outlining the steps they’re taking to reduce—and hopefully eliminate—piracy in their community.

I was going to ask Mr. Lau for permission to post his email here, but last week he published an open letter to the writing community on outlining their pilot program, “Authors In Charge”, so please follow that link to learn more about their plan to combat piracy.

He also removed my titles from the site and added my name to the filter, which I appreciate greatly.

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