Copyright policy

Updated: July 09, 2019

What types of copyright complaints does Short Stories respond to?

Short Stories responds to copyright complaints submitted under the Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003.

Short Stories will respond to reports of alleged copyright infringement, such as allegations concerning the unauthorised use of a copyrighted image as a profile or header photo, allegations concerning the unauthorised use of a copyrighted image uploaded through our media hosting services, or stories containing content to allegedly infringing materials. Note that not all unauthorised uses of copyrighted materials are infringements (see our fair use article for more information).

If you are concerned about the use of your brand or entity’s name, please review Short Stories trademark policy.

Am I a copyright holder? How do I know?

If you are unsure whether you hold rights to a particular work, please consult an attorney or another adviser as Short Stories cannot provide legal advice. There are plenty of resources to learn more about copyright law.

What to consider before submitting a copyright complaint

Before submitting a copyright complaint to us, please consider whether or not the use could be considered fair use.

If you have considered fair use, and you still wish to continue with a copyright complaint, you may want to first reach out to the user in question to see if you can resolve the matter directly with the user. You can ask for them to remove your copyrighted content without having to contact Short Stories.

Prior to submitting a formal complaint with Short Stories, please be aware you may be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees incurred by us or our users, if you knowingly materially misrepresent that material or activity is infringing. If you are unsure whether the material you are reporting is in fact infringing, you may wish to contact an attorney before filing a notification with us.

Note: In general, the photographer and NOT the subject of a photograph is the actual rights holder of the resulting photograph. If you’re unsure whether or not you own the copyrights to a work, or if you’re infringing upon someone else’s work, please consult an attorney or another advisor.

What information do you need to process a copyright complaint?

To submit a notice of claimed copyright infringement, you will need to provide us with the following information:

  1. A physical or electronic signature (typing your full name will suffice) of the copyright owner or a person authorised to act on their behalf;
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed (e.g., a link to your original work or clear description of the materials allegedly being infringed upon);
  3. Identification of the infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit Short Stories to locate the material on our website or services;
  4. Your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and an email address;
  5. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner asserted is not authorised by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  6. A statement that the information in the complaint is accurate, and, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorised to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

If you are reporting the content of a story, please give us a direct link of the page. Or please specify if the alleged infringement is in the header, avatar, etc.
A link to a profile page is insufficient for Short Stories to identify infringing materials.