There’s always a risk when you post content to a website behind some form of subscription or paywall – that someone could take it, and either pass it off as their own or just share it with non-paying fans, essentially cheating you out of money. This is IP infringement and it needs to be taken seriously.
OnlyFans claims to have technology in place to help prevent this, but it isn’t completely infallible. And not every subscription site can offer this tech in the first place.
So, do you have to give up and just accept that, if you become popular, someone is going to steal your content and post it on the internet? And that’s a part of your revenue stream you’re going to have to surrender?
Here’s some tips and guidance on what to do if your content is stolen from OnlyFans or any other provider.
Check the site’s content protection policies
Every site that you sign up with will have policies in place to help protect your content. So make sure you read up on them.
However, the power of a website doesn’t extend beyond its own domain. If someone takes your photos and videos and uses them to set up a duplicate account then yes, OnlyFans can step in (once you tell them to) and remove that account.
But if they take your content and post it around the web, then the platform either can’t do anything about it or even if they could then they won’t.
The problem is that the platforms tend to grant you complete copyright on your content. And that’s a good thing – generally. It means that you own your content. However, it also means that the platform has no real sway, or incentive when dealing with content that’s been stolen and posted elsewhere.
Because OnlyFans doesn’t own your content, they can’t force Reddit or Tumblr or any niche blog to take down the content. Only you can.
And that can be difficult on your own.
Use a dedicated IP infringement company
So, what do you do if someone has stolen your nudes and posted them without your permission? The easiest way to do it is to work with a company that specializes in intellectual property infringement.
We’ve partnered with one such company at Follower, so if you’re having problems then get in touch and they can help.
They’re experts at dealing with social media platforms and websites, knowing the laws on IP infringement inside-out. One letter from a company like Internet Removals and your content will be taken down almost immediately. If it’s not, then legal ramifications will follow.
Technically too, you might be able to use their services to pursue a claim of revenge porn, for example. If someone distributes material of a sexual nature involving you, that you do not give consent for, then a revenge porn claim could be successful, which not only will get the content removed but it’s also likely to involve heavy fines or even jail time.
That’s one way to ensure there won’t be a fast repeat. And you get your content back, safe and only available to people willing to pay for it, as you want them to.
Tip: post more videos
One quick tip is to post more videos than photos if you want to avoid IP infringement. A lot of the tech that fan platforms use is designed to stop someone from screenshotting or directly downloading a file. People can get around this by using more sophisticated screenshot apps, or by just taking a photo of a screen.
Videos are a lot harder to steal in this way. A screenshot of a video is hardly comparable to the full movie, and even if someone films it on a phone on a camera the quality will be terrible.
Longer videos are good too because it just reduces the number of places someone can host them. Short clips are easily sharable on social, but a video that lasts a few minutes will be blocked by some.
Having problems with someone stealing your content? Get in touch and we’ll put you in contact with our trusted partner, who can make sure your photos and videos stay only where you want them.