Horror story subreddit goes dark to protest Youtubers ripping off writers

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The widespread horror story subreddit r/nosleep has set itself to non-public till Monday to protest YouTube creators stealing tales and turning them into movies with out permission from their unique creators (via Tubefilter).

R/nosleep, which hosts an array of quick tales and different horror-related writing, is within the prime 50 hottest subreddits, with practically 14 million subscribers, in keeping with the website Reddit Metrics. So it attracts a whole lot of readers for the scary tales customers submit. (The time period “nosleep” comes from the concept that in the event you learn the tales, they’re scary sufficient that they’ll hold you from going to sleep.) Some YouTube creators will take these tales and make dramatic readings of them on their YouTube channels, like this video:

But as defined in this video by an r/nosleep moderator, some YouTube creators are narrating nosleep tales with out permission from the unique writer, crediting the writer, or sharing the advert income from the video.

The drawback has turn into pervasive sufficient that the moderators determined to make the subreddit non-public till subsequent Monday in protest. If you attempt to go to the subreddit proper now, you’ll see this message:

Horror story subreddit goes dark to protest Youtubers ripping off writers

The hyperlink in that message takes you to a different Reddit submit that explains the decision to set r/nosleep to non-public. “This is being done not only to protest the theft and unfair practices by those who wrongfully profit from the stories posted here, but also to make a very important point: if the authors are not treated fairly and their work is continuously used in ways that break copyright laws, they will stop posting here.”

The subreddit will turn into public once more at 12:01AM ET on Monday.