At Readhive we value the incredible amount of dedication and commitment that goes into the creation process, so helping creators protect their rights is our top priority.
Posting the copyrighted works of others without their legal consent is strictly prohibited, as outlined in our Terms of Service and Content Guidelines. As a service provider, we also comply with all applicable provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).
Our policy is to respond to valid notices of alleged copyright infringement we receive by expeditiously removing or disabling access to the allegedly infringing material.
Repeat infringers – In addition to the above policy, we may, when appropriate and at our discretion, terminate the accounts of users who repeatedly or actively infringe the intellectual property rights of others. If an account has multiple copyright infringements, or an additional violation is discovered later, the account will be closed. Please note that users actions are linked to the holder of the account, not the account(s) themselves.
Note: Copyright only protects the physical representation of an idea, not the idea itself. Please note that titles, character names, similar plots, and similar themes do not constitute as copyright infringement. If you are unsure of whether a work infringes your copyright, we encourage you to seek professional/legal advice before submitting a notice.
How to file a DMCA take-down notice
IMPORTANT: There may be legal and financial consequences for submitting false claims. Before submitting a DMCA Take-down Notice, be sure that you are the actual rights holder of the content, are legally authorized to act on behalf of one, or are authorized to act under any exclusive right under copyright.
If you believe that your copyrights have been violated, please report it to us immediately by submitting a DMCA take-down Notice. You can do this quickly by emailing at http://www.readhive.org/DMCA and providing all of the required information.
Please ensure you have provide the following information to our Designated Copyright Agent:
- Your full legal name
- Your home or mailing address
- Your telephone number
- If applicable, your email address
- If your original work is located on Readhive, your Readhive username
- A URL to your original work.
- A description of the alleged infringement (Where it is located, what is being copied, etc.).
- The URL(s) of allegedly infringing material located on Readhive.
- Both the following statements:
- “I hereby state that I have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyrighted material or reference or link to such material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (e.g., as a fair use).”
- “I hereby state that the information in this Notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I am the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyright or of an exclusive right under the copyright that is allegedly infringed.”
- Your electronic or physical signature.
Before sending a report, please note:
Copyright only protects the physical representation of an idea, not the idea itself. Titles, similar plots or story themes are not enough to constitute as copyright infringement. If you are unsure of whether a work infringes your copyright, we encourage you to seek professional/legal advice before submitting a notice. This establishes the proof of creation required for any copyright issues that arise. If there is any dispute about the original source of the work, the registered date of the digital work on Readhive provides support for your claims.
Retracting a DMCA takedown request
If you filed a DMCA takedown request in error, you can retract your claim by sending an email to [email protected]. Your email should be sent from the same email address or corporate domain you used to submit your original takedown request and the subject should be “Retraction of DMCA Request”. Please provide a description in the email and include as much information as possible for us to understand what is to be included in the retraction, including direct links to the content that you would like to be restored. If you are provided with any reference numbers, please include those as well.
Reporting copyright infringements located outside of Readhive
If someone has posted your original Readhive story or image onto another website you are entitled to submit a copyright report. Readhive cannot report on your behalf, so here is some information on how to do it yourself.
Who should I contact?
On the homepage of the website where your story has been copied, look for tabs such as Support, Help, Contact Us or DMCA. These links can sometimes be found at the very top or very bottom of the web page. Depending on the size and popularity of the website, you may have to fill out an online form or send an email to the website’s support staff.
What information should I include?
If the website requires you to fill out a form, be sure to include all the information that is being requested. Alternatively, if you have to contact the web administrators through email, include the following information:
- The title of your original work, the date it was posted onto Readhive, and the direct link/URL to your story on Readhive
- The title of the copied work, the date it was posted (if available), and the direct link/URL to the page it’s posted on
- A description of what has been copied (i.e. a portion of your story has been copied, your entire story has been copied, translation, etc.)
- Ask for an update on the actions being taken and provide instructions on the best way to contact you (an email address will do)
If you are requested to provide an official Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Take-down notice, please refer to DMCA Section 512(3) Elements of notification to see what type of information needs to be included.
If your content is being infringed by an app and they do not respond to your direct takedown notice, you should file one directly with the platform it is available on. For example, the Google Play Store or Apple App Store
We always recommend saving any original works you create outside of the Readhive platform. In the event of an account closure due to a violation of any of our policies, we will not restore or transfer story content, which may include your original works that are not an infraction.