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Am I getting too protective of my characters? Alternate universes are one thing, but still, whenever I see someone using my characters in a way that I didn't approve I feel a pang. Fan art is fine but it gets me a little when I see my characters being used for a story that I have no part of. Is that wrong? Am I being to controling? I want to let it go but it bothers me when I see it.

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:iconbarneyrooster18:
BarneyRooster18 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does it bother you that I used the Commander in one of my images and my oc had a contemptuous gesture on her? 
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DarkMario2 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No that was fine. What I meant was when people use my characters as major characters in their own stories without asking me first.
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BarneyRooster18 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I knew that I was just curious.

And I honestly feel bad for not asking permission. If I want to use one of your characters in my story ,I'll ask you for permission first. k?
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JamaicanHedgie08 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Professional Artist
I only draw Teal and your other characters or use them for sprites.

I will only use the characters like Lavanna and the octos for fanservice.
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DarkMario2 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's fine.
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:iconjamaicanhedgie08:
JamaicanHedgie08 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Professional Artist
Yeah, but for stories. I only have them as side characters.
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DarkMario2 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's also fine.
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JamaicanHedgie08 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Professional Artist
Okay
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Babyluigi13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Student General Artist
No, I agree with you. You are just protecting your characters in a way you feel most comfortable with. People just need to learn other artist's ground rules when it comes to using their characters. That said, don't feel guilty about it. You're fine.
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Eliteface640 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017
Well, a thing called "Non canon" exists.

Here's an example:

Like, if someone wanted to take one of my magic inksonas, and have them, say, attend school while living in a reguler house, even though
My inksonas cannonly are fighting in a demon war and live in a mysterious hidden foggy city.

I think it would be alright, because its someone else making something. It wouldn't affect my War or inksona homeland. It would just be a non-canon little fun comic.

However, i would prefer that he kept his proper powers and not have different powers.

Now, he someone wanted to make a pic of my magic inksonas in the demon war. I'd just take it as non-canon fan art. I would still prefer though if my inksonas to have their proper powers.

Ye get what i mean?
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Crabnik Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I can understand where you're coming from, though in my case it's sort of the opposite (to an extent). A lot of what I draw is rubbish, even though I love my creations as if they were my own children, I'd still love to see someone else's interpretation of something I've created, especially if it were from a talented artist.

I must be weird and/or pathetic for thinking that way. Sweating a little...
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Tomato127 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's nothing wrong with the fear of seeing your creations misused or misinterpreted (I believe everyone feels this to an extent). There's only so much you can do about a design that anyone can use, though. If someone represents a character in a harmful way, you should talk about it with them, or ignore them if this is not possible.
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Chaos-Le-Mieux Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, Not really.
They're your characters, you set the parameters for them. If people can't respect your creations then they don't deserve to use your characters. Cause in short, they're disrespecting you as a creator and artist and that's not cool.
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bravebravesirbrian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would allow other people to use my characters so long as I set boundaries. Like, if I see them in something that they're clearly out of character in, I'd say that's non-canon and just move on. If the other people start trying to force things on my characters in canon, then I have a problem. But other than that, I'm fine with it.
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Pinkolol16 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017
No, I'm this protective a lot of mine for the same reasons and it's worked so far.
They're your creations and you want to use them how you see fit, not really different from anyone else. I don't see the problem.
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9thblackrose Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well to be honest, a bit yeah. the can have lives outside of ur stories and pics ya know. BUT when it comes to ships u can draw any lines u like. unless u like it. and do remember the NON CANON thing is around too.
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Pinkolol16 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017
problem with this is even if the stuff is non-canon to the fanon (yes because it's all made up in the end), the person who made it is still going to consider it canon in a sense and the original creator may or may not be fond of that idea, eg, if someone were to use say Melly and Cream, two of my characters in a setting I am not comfortable with, even if it isn't canon to me, they are still going to consider it canon and the conflict between ideologies especially between the fan and the creator it's not hard to create a conflict there.
Sometimes some creators prefer if their characters are in the spot they want them to be in, and not running on someone else's mentality just because they like them or whatever.
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9thblackrose Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true.
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Huntrex117 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I do plan on using Teal at some point for a shenanigans, but it's nothing that will change her character.
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:iconbrianjacksonii:
Hmm....Maybe You Are. But Don't Let It Get To You. It's Just Fan-Art. Ain't Nothing Serious. It's Like You Said. My Art Is Fan-Fiction. And You're Right. And The Darkness That I Made Based Off Your Character Is Fan-Fiction Too. So Yeah, There Are Alternate Universes Out There. Mine Is The 3rd.
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SeantheInkling Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017   Digital Artist
cool
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31Darkstar Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017
Like how I used Ivory in that duel in that comic. Was she out of character?
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:icondarkmario2:
DarkMario2 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No that was ok. You asked me ahead of time if you could use her so that was fine.
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EverythingLiker10 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"Whenever I see someone using my characters in a way I didn't approve I feel a pang"? Sounds like ego to me

I've experienced it many times before... except in cases more than just seeing my characters being used in a way I didn't approve
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Applemobile Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
It is completely normal and fine, it is being responsible for your own created characters that need permission to be used hence forth, and it makes you more ready for any copyright incidents (i.e. stolen pics or unauthorized use).
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DarkMario2 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I technically don't have a copyright though. Nintendo owns Splatoon and the inklings so I don't really have a say in it.
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Pinkolol16 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017
while no you, and anyone really doesn't legally own the inklings because they're Splatoon property you do still 'own' the character in a fan-right in the sense that you prefer them being used in the way they're being used.
I mean we're lucky Nintendo hasn't actively tracked down anyone using Splatoon fan characters (or any for that matter I mean look at the Mario series). You don't have a say there, but you do have a say when it concerns other people using them because you wouldn't prefer them using them in an undesirable way.
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Applemobile Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
true... even if you don't own the material, a photo by someone is their copyrighted item wether using other copyrighted material from a game or anything...

Many others would probably agree to say the least. 
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