I would probrably try to calmly aproach the child about it, I think that I myself was a pretty resonable kid at that age (I did do some tracing and stuff back them but if someone came and talked to me about it I think I would understand it, I kinda of ashamed of those days...), and if it failed (as in if the kid was a spoiled brat) I would probrably try to report it. Would that traumatize the child? Maybe, but at least they would learn pretty soon the consequences of their actions XD (I tend to be quiet hot-headed in real life but I think in this case I would try to approach the issue as calmly as possible so that I would at least be able to keep my moral ground)
If they re-posted my art I'd DMCA that and also note them asking why they did that.
If they just made an OC that looked like mine intentionally I'd probably just want to talk and see what motivated them to do that. Honestly I'd kinda be tickled they liked a character of mine enough to want to emulate it. Besides, encouraging growth in people is what helps them be their own and find their uniqueness. It fairs far better than HEY YOU BETTER CHANGE THIS OR ELSE. People allowed to grow, will in fact, grow.
And if it was a coincidence and not an intentional copy at all, I'd probably just be really giddy and want to do fan art (I love character similarities they're fun!!)
SpaceBoy568Featured By OwnerMar 20, 2017Student Digital Artist
I'd say excactly this "umm excuse me you kinda stole my oc, if you look at my page you'd see that my oc with the excact design as yours was created before yours, so I'm going to need you to change your copie of my oc plz and thank you"
definitely approach them in private about it. i wouldn't air it out to the public like 'haha look at this bad copy of my art!!' but i wouldn't just let it slide either. i know it's difficult to find the line between acceptable inspiration and design copy. nothing is completely unique, we all draw inspiration from many different places, and it's especially hard as a child to learn how to take things you find attractive and form them into your own thing.
overall though, i wouldn't be very upset. i'd just let them know i knew what they were doing and carry on.
I think drastic measures such as call-outs and violation reports should be reserved for serious offenses such as theft for profit, or theft for potential profit. Obviously, those who have no idea what they're doing can be poked nicely, but traumatizing them would do more harm than good, imo. Especially if they don't mean to do harm. Most children "steal" ideas because they admire so-and-so, and I think it would be tragic to discourage them from admiring artists, and possibly doing unique art of their own. It takes a lot to copy a character (unless they are directly stealing work from your gallery), and most kids grow out of it assuming they care about originality. Either that or they fade out.
All in all, I think we can reason with them. Even if they are an adult — if they seem to be absolutely oblivious, it's good to give them a bit of a basis before like... an onslaught. There are people out there who are not terribly bright, but they aren't horrible people. If there was a kid showing off their work based from an idea that was clearly yours, I think it can be approached positively by listening to them and suggesting better, and more fitting, ideas different from what they "stole". I would definitely rather help encourage those who are inspired to be more creative instead of shutting down that inspiration. I mean we all started somewhere!
Of course, if they get snuffy about it, then the kid needs some discipline in general lol.
I would tell them tracing/stealing others art is wrong and can get them in a lot of trouble, to take down the art and to try to learn how to draw for themselves. I wouldn't be too hard on them but if they continued I would notify someone related to them somehow or something.
I would tell the kid how copyright and such works, and tell them how it's not okay to copy from someone else's ideas but that everyone could accidentally make such a mistake if they are very young and didn't know, and how making something unique by yourself is much more rewarding (and legal haha). Basically, if you want someone to do something, in this case have the kid change the OC enough that it isn't copied anymore, talk to that person as if you really understand them and suggest very simply what they could do about it, reacting calm and friendly to something motivates the other person to do so as well c:
Approach it calmly, but if the child becomes unruly, make multiple journals reporting them as an art thief, and encourage my friends to make journals as well. Usually things like that will at least let others know they are a thief.
I agree with Sylveon17. I remember being that age (9), and being new to the internet. I'm embarrassed to say that at that age I began using someone else's character because they had such a huge impact on me during the time I roleplayed. I knew stealing was wrong at the time, but I honestly did not see it as "stealing." Eventually I picked up on the general consensus of the internet toward this act and "learned" that it was still considered theft, and never used the character again. I am genuinely regretful of the theft, and wish I could make it up somehow.
It's likely they were so inspired by your character that they created "their own" character that isn't far enough removed from the original inspiration for comfort. That's usually how it turns out.
I think at that age these things need to be approached in a way that isn't "YOU'RE A THIEF, I'M GOING TO TELL EVERYONE AND YOU'LL HAVE TO LEAVE DA." That's an exaggeration, but still. I think it needs to be approached gently, and helpfully. The kid will likely be defensive, but I think the best you can do is to approach them, explain that you don't like them using your character, and offer to help them develop their own character from the parts they like. Or offer to create a character they can call their own. Maybe even offer to draw their new character.
Overall, I think being nice is the best approach. Even if they lash out, offer to help. That'd be my approach, at least.
Other question "How old shall someone be o be online?" My opinion: I think at this age a kid should never be online alone so in such cases an adult can give advice, teach the kid how to act and what they cannot do.
But then, other question: "Are you sure the person you are refering to is 10 years old?" My Experience: it is very easy to fake age online, many people lie to let other people think they are kids or so or adults depending on what their goal is. It is easier to forgive a kid when something bad happens, so someone total stranger you don´t know in person suddenly says they are a kid and didn´t know. Yeah sure...
True true on your first point XP I mean, we kinda live in an age where elementary school children are now sporting the latest iPhones and high tech gear so chances are, lots of them would be online alone now ;; Adult supervision or not X'D
Also, I didn't mention that this kid is online. It's highly rare that it'll happen but maybe they saw your character online, copied it and you happened to come across this kid (that you can clearly see is 10 years old or younger) in real life and spot them talking about their "amazing character they created", showing it off to everyone around them. It's hypothetical but it's quite possible I believe XD
Oh I never said it is impossible. I just was wondering where you know from that they are indeed a kid. If you don´t see them in action you never now because all they post and upload can be fake and taken from somewhere else. But that doesn´t answer your question. I can give you the advice the others gave already, first tell them just how the law case is, tell them that the character is actually yours and that it i just blatant lying posting something they obviously did not make/created (show your character and original work). If they ignore you or hide your comment, you can make a warning journal about this person, because it is your right to alert such people no matter their age. Because when they hide your comment or ignore you it is obvious they KNOW what they do is wrong. So, you can only report their art in case they uploaded a piece you made. A character cop alone is notillegal when your art was not stolen and when your character is not trademarked. Trademarks are usually only on hracters if those are a part of a company like in a logo or as a mascot.
I think you should respond to art theft by a child the same way you would an older person: politely, but firmly. If the child becomes belligerent, I would approach more delicately than I would an adult. Like, "I worked really hard on this character, how do you think that makes me feel?" Plagiarism is a very serious issue, and kids, especially young artists, should understand that it's not acceptable behavior.
I would probably approach the situation as nicely as I could. Ask how they created them and suggest ways to make them more unique and personal. Try and get the idea through that copying a character or existing oc isn't the best idea without being rude or making them feel attacked. In the end hopefully they will have figured it out so no harm!
Get pissed off and cuss a bunch IRL. Then shrug and move on with my day. They can try to steal him, but I guarentee my collection of artwork and merchandise (plushies, stickers, t-shirts, etc.) pretty much makes that a Herculean task to accomplish.
'sides, seen plenty of other brown coated, green maned ponies out there.
Ahaha yeah, sometimes I think soul crushing is a pretty good way to push someone forward. I know a friend of mine used to soul crush me about how bad my art was (this was years ago) and it kinda pushed me to do better 0v0 Tough love works pretty well for me I guess XD