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DO NOT, EVER, STEAL MY OC by wanlingnic DO NOT, EVER, STEAL MY OC by wanlingnic
*Brown's OC profile can be found in my gallery.

Well, this is pretty much my response to 'Hector Dinos', an OC made by someone who, disturbingly enough, resembles a male, clinically-depressed Stephanie Brown.

Hector's profile can be found on my Tumblr: [link]
And on the Lamepokemonart blog: [link]


Whoever made him seemed to be under the impression that, if she didn't steal my art, it's not art theft. But she is still taking someone else's idea and passing it off as her's.

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I, personally, do feel a slight amount of regret towards this case. Hector's creator was someone I kept in contact with not too long ago when I was a group admin for Generator Rex OCs.

She posted on Brown's profile, and, had I followed up and read Hector's profile like I should've, I would've noticed how it'd been copied from Brown's.

Contact or not, this still upsets me on a personal level - not so much that she reinterpreted my character without my permission, but that she passed it off as her own. Also, this was someone I used to know and place my trust in.

I'll be sending her a note with a link to this deviation, so as to ask for a fair version of events from her point of view.

Ultimately, however, I don't condone this behaviour and I never will. Hopefully, this deviation will make my stance on the matter clear as day.

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EDIT: Well, I got a reply: [link]
I'm taking the nice, safe option of not replying to her. I'll put my response right here for you to see.

Dear whoever-you-are,
There is a reason why your username is blurred out on the original deviation. It's to give you your due of privacy from the 'friends' and 'followers' and 'white knights' that I am telling this story to.

No one is expected to go to your page and deliver any form of divine justice. This was never intended to be a personal attack against you, but against an action and practice that you have partaken in.

I understand there are people who will take my side in this matter - but I also understand that I'm, at the very least, the one who should be upset. Regardless of when it happened, you took my character and you changed a few things here and there, and then tried to pass if of as your own.

The reason why I'm only submitting this now, and not in January when I'd found out, was that I was (and still somewhat am) reeling from the shock of this blatant counterfeit. I've spent honest days wondering why this could happen, and why to me. Truth be told, had I been any younger, I might've lost my cool entirely.

No, I do NOT think settling this over notes first would be the best option. Had I simply noted you and gotten a simple apology, I would (admittedly) not be satisfied. You've done a great disservice to the practice of OC making, a disservice to yourself, and, most importantly, to our friendship. I'm upset, and I've found comfort in the wonderful people that support, love and cherish what I do.

They are not my 'followers', they aren't my 'white knights' (and I do take umbrage against you calling me 'Asian Rick Flair') these people are my friends. They are, for all intents and purposes, an online family. They are people whom I love, and whom I trust, and whom, ultimately, I feel safe crying to when I'm this upset.

Please understand, no matter how long ago this incident was, you can't simply shrug off the responsibility for what you have done as if it never happened. Finally, as a parting word, please don't blame me for 'hurting' you when you're the one who threw the first punch.

Sincerely,
Nicky.
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wolfiedawolf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Someone once stole my character,scratch, but luckily they were blocked and reported. I hope eventually you solve this problem! 
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Mislav383 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Holy shit.I thought that meme was a joke,but dear God some people are butthurt.
And people steal shit all the time,deal with it.
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100PercentSIN Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was worried about this happening to me. Not because my arts amazing or anything. But designing them is where all the work is at!
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Riboo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
This was written a while ago from what I can see. I just paid this whole event a visit after seeing that post about the anon that was being a bit rude to you over your character design. I have to agree to some extent with you on the topic, though I don't know if you feel differently about this whole thing now than you did during the time. Regardless, I think people are very much able to look at a character and pick out quirks they like, such as perhaps how confident the character is, or in Brown's case, how optimistic she is.

While it's great that people can find inspiration in other characters I don't think that they should take every aspect, especially really unique aspects, about a character and run with it, tweaking only the avatar, if you will, to utilize the same story just with slight alterations to it. Brown is very unique when it comes to Original Characters fitting into the Poke Special universe, given that all the dex holders have something that sets them apart from the other, you did well in coming up with that and making it have its distinctive draw backs which makes Brown all the more intriguing.

To get to the point, I think people can, within reason, be inspired by a character or a person that they see and adapt them into their own creation, however, I draw the line when the similarities are a bit too overbearing for comfort. It's one thing to take general characteristics and twist them into your own style, it's another thing entirely to basically steal plot that make that character one of a kind. Which is pretty much what this person did, from what I'm seeing. The only difference being that they seem to be besides themselves over it, which I can only presume was to elicit sympathy from anyone they might have written with, that is assuming they used them in RP. That and reading their profile, it does not seem like they really concern themselves with the reasoning behind things, which led to contradicting statements and just an overall poor substitute.
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tripod2005 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
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Cookie-Haunter Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're so mature. I love how you handled the whole situation, im sorry it happened to you cause you sound so great of a person.
As for your definition of 'friends,' it was really nice, i dont know you and i dont want to sound like a suck-up but your way of showing this was fun but serious.
If it makes you feel better, ill keep an eye on you and myself like everyone else.
Have a good day~
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battybuddy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Wow... This is crazy...
On one hand, I (A random guy wandering the various areas of Deviantart) do think it's be cool to have more characters out there who were unlucky "Natures chewtoys"(if you will) like your character... but, well... JEEZE can't ANYONE come up with something ORIGINAL?
I've had art stolen before, but this is really just as bad as stealing someones character and recoloring it.
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PereRhia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm terribly sorry that this happened to you. If I or my fiance had this happen, it would be flipping table/tracking down to kill time. We take our characters seriously, like they are precious friends and family to us. So of course we wouldn't like it if they were stolen. XD
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MagnusHarvest Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why do you even care if some low-life, shit artist steals your content?
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wanlingnic Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Watch your language, buddy - this is not the first impression you want to be giving out to others, regardless of whether you think they're overreacting or not.
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