Reddit forums are not immune to piracy. CreativeFuture describes one case, in which stories stolen from a subreddit with 14 million users were used as narrations in videos posted to YouTube, which in turn attract advertising revenue.
Contributors willingly offer their works without expectation of payment, which some subscribers then re-use without permission. When that subreddit’s moderators realized what was happening, it took multiple steps, including going dark for a time.
CreativeFuture describes the situation in detail and presents some provocative conclusions.
Why it matters
The greatest irony in this situation wasn’t just that Reddit could have been policing rights-protection in this 14 million user group (and maybe it was, but not acting).
Even worse, while Reddit doesn’t allow users to monetize subreddits, Reddit itself does, by permitting advertising there. And, Reddit does not share the proceeds.