This was brought to my attention by luckweaver and yes, I found my stuff and stories belonging to everyone I have listed. Pass the word along.
Warning, and subsequent advice, originally posted here:
We’ve been getting pings and @’s all morning about ebooks-tree.com who seem to be scraping/taking stories off of AO3 and hosting them as PDFs and mobi downloads on their site; the site seems to be pulling from UrBookLibrary as well. They’re not reading your “do not copy/duplicate” notes on your AO3 fic; their bots are pulling things directly from AO3, without AO3′s authorization or assent. It looks like they are pulling from Wattpad too, again without authorization or assent.
While the Ebooks-Tree DMCA page seems to imply that you need a lawyer or other “authorized person” to submit a takedown notice, you don’t; you can do it yourself.
As we’ve posted before, fanfic writers hold copyright in their stories, although not in lines/quotes from the works they’ve been inspired by, and because of that, fanfic writers can submit DMCA takedown notices, or have someone do it on their behalf. While this post isn’t legal advice (none of our posts on FYC are), you might want to consider using this template (well, the bolded bits) in telling ebooks-tree to take down your content:
• Your Name and/or Pseudonym as an e-signature (or the name of the person you’ve authorized to submit this request, with a slash before it and after it)
• Link(s) to the unauthorized works (link to the pdf, the mobi and the page hosting all of it)
• Link(s) to an authorized version of your work (whether on AO3, tumblr, LJ or somewhere else)
• An email address of the submitter (include it again even if it’s in the header)
• This statement: I have good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
• This statement: The information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
tumblr user besinaao3 offers us this advice:
My name is [name] and I am the author and owner of the following works:
• “title” by “author”
• “title” by author
These are my intellectual property. I do not give you or anyone else permission to offer these works for download, and I did not consent for them to be available on your website. I am requesting that you remove them immediately. I can be reached by e-mail at [e-mail].
This information is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, I am authorized to act on my own behalf as the owner of this material.
Cut and paste that into their contact form and make sure that you make the subject line read: “DMCA Complaint” or they won’t process it.
you can also send an e-mail to their host: Response from Moniker: The best way to handle that is to contact our abuse team at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be able to assist you or point you in the correct direction for legal matters such as this. This chat line is not equipped to handle matters of a legal nature such as this.
Extra warning: I don't feel I should need to say this, but please, do not download anything from the Ebooks-Tree site and do not give out your credit card information.
April 14 Update: (Information collected from iulia_linnea)
Please be advised that Ebooks Tree's URL no longer ends in .com (ebooks-tree.com); it now ends in .net (ebooks-tree.net). Further, ebooks-tree.com now redirects to ebooks-tree.net. I believe that this change may have been made by Ebooks Tree to avoid having to take down stolen material, which means that in order to have stolen material removed from the site, one needs to submit a DMCA complaint letter to email@example.com (Moniker is Ebooks Tree's hosting site) with the altered links to one's works.
When I search for my name, I no longer find any works listed for me on an author's page. Though Iulia still get the link to the 'full version' on her check and takes her to the sign up gimmie your credit card information.
I agree with her, the site is more than a little hinky and full blown stinky.