A copyright infringement involves:
Copyright only protects the physical representation of an idea, not the idea itself. Similar plots, story themes, and titles are not enough to constitute a 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.
Your work is automatically protected under Copyright Law as soon you put it into a fixed format, like writing it down. At Wattpad, we action copyright infringement, not plagiarism. For more information, check out: How we protect your stories.
If you’d like to submit a claim of copyright infringement, please visit Reporting Copyright Infringement. Wattpad reserves the right to remove content alleged to be infringing without prior notice, at our sole discretion, and without liability to you or anyone else.
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 at a later date, the account will be closed along with any additional or subsequent accounts.
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If you receive this type of message, it is important that you do your research before responding to the message or accepting an offer. Some messages contain red flags, including vague, broad-sweeping language, inconsistent points of contact, poor grammar, and evasive responses regarding their contracts. Below are some helpful tips on how to make an informed decision.
Wattpad Paid Stories is a program that makes it possible for writers to earn money for their work while providing readers with a way to monetarily support writers on Wattpad. Select writers and stories have been chosen to be part of Paid Stories. Learn more about the Paid Stories program.
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Social activity is the key to success on Wattpad. Making friends is one of the best ways to gain readership because friends read friends' stories. It also helps you forge connections that can be beneficial in a business sense. You might receive valuable advice or become connected with members of broad communities who can give you their support.
The Wattpad community is extremely supportive. You can start by following other writers and reading their work, acknowledging new followers, engaging others in conversation, asking for advice, and more. For more ideas, learn how to effectively promote stories on Wattpad.
A few things that really stand out as helping people find you and your stories include:
As a creator, you can use social media to promote your work beyond the Wattpad platform. Link to your Wattpad profile or story in your social media accounts (for example Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram), connect with readers and other authors, use hashtags, and always direct back to your Wattpad profile or story. For more information, check out: How to effectively promote stories.
Your friends and family are great resources for getting people to notice your work on Wattpad. You can ask them to help by recommending and sharing links to your work on their social media or blog, or by sending emails or messages out to their contacts, letting them know about your work and how amazing it is! Read more about how to promote your story.