If you don’t know me already, I’m Tyler (or Ty!) and I’m part of the Story Review Team. I’d like to talk to you guys about fanfiction on Episode.
As it turns out, authors have been promoting their fanfiction here on the forums, and that’s no good!
According to our Content Guidelines, fanfiction isn’t allowed on Episode:
In addition, by publishing your story, you agree that it does not include any content that infringes the intellectual property rights or rights of publicity or privacy of any third party. This may include using any of the following without permission:
- any works of authorship of other parties, including excerpts or passages taken from but not limited to literary works, songs, television, film, musicals and video games;
- any trademarks or references to corporate or business names; or
- any references to real persons or places.
This isn’t a new rule, it’s always been a thing!
When we find them on the forums, threads or posts promoting these fanfiction stories get taken down. Then we have to deal with the stories on the app.
Some of these stories have a lot of work put into them, but these still do break the rules and need to be removed which can be disheartening.
Why can't I write fanfiction?
In most cases, fanfiction is a copyright infringement. It’s against Episode’s Content Guidelines to use copyrighted materials on the platform.
I gave credit! Am I allowed to use someone else's creative works?
Is it okay if I get permission?
Even if you get permission, Episode doesn’t have the ability to keep track of or verify it in a legal way.
If a story is 'inspired by', does it still count as fanfiction?
If it’s inspired by, it means you’ve used enough content to mean the story isn’t entirely yours, so it’s still fanfiction.
What do you consider 'fanfiction'?
If it’s inspired by or uses parts of existing media. This would mean books you’ve read, or movies you’ve watched. Using things like:
-Fictional location names
What do I do when I come across fanfiction?
You can report it by sending a private message to me on the forums or sending a Support Ticket!
I wrote fanfiction on Episode! Will I get in trouble?
You’re not in trouble! If you have written fanfiction, send us a ticket and we will have it taken off the app for you, with no penalty to your account.
It’s better to tell us about it than to have us find it on our own.
What’s next? Share examples of fanfiction with me here in this thread!