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.
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.
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.
I've not really mentioned but my dad is very sick. His Diabetes is causing his kidneys to fail the last 4 years and he's come very close to death about 3 times in the last 4 years. He hasn't told me how bad it is, but apparently he says he's gotta get his butt in shape or he doesn't have long.
Today at school our religion class has a "organ donation awareness week" that's required..and I've made this poster with my group as an assignment. The last few days have been very emotional for me, especially when the teacher showed a video of how a girl my age lost her father because he needed a new heart and he died waiting for to to come. I felt I was going to lose him that day. Not many know what that feels like; to lose your parent when I'm only 17. He's 48, and the provider of my family. Where would we be without him?
But honestly, if there were more organs being donated, my father might have a better chance at living, however long he's expected to be.