Today I encountered a pretty interesting case on Twitter. I randomly encountered 2 twitter accounts with my OCs as their icons
. First of course you would wonder, why do they use drawings of your OCs. I realized they were accounts for roleplaying
, but why would someone want to roleplay as my OCs?? Especially because I haven't given out that much information about them. Well, they weren't roleplaying with "my characters".
I censored their names for now. The characters they used were originally my OCs, Watsu and Raimei.Now you ask "Why it's a big deal? They credited you etc.?"
I know they credited me but here's the things I'm not okay with:
- They are using designs and pictures of my OCs to roleplay with. They took the design and built a whole new character over it. (like the other one gave Rai a whole new name, bio and backstory) That's just OC stealing if you ask me. Plus they even kept some of the original infos made by me, for example Watsu's character was still a shape shifter. Only a coincidence? No.
- They did not request permission from me. No one ever asked me if they could use my drawings and use my OCs to represent their creations.
I sent messages to them. The account based on Watsu is still up but they stopped using my OC (I got an answer from them and we solved it) The account based on Rai got deleted without any answer...?But that's not everything.
While I was researching this I found even more
roleplaying accounts from Twitter that use other people's characters and art. THIS IS NOT OKAY. They think it's okay to use your art and character because they credited you BUT IT'S NOT OKAY. I found these accounts by simply typing my name to twitter search.
Make sure to share this info with your friends etc. Things like these shouldn't be allowed to happen.
Art theft on Twitter.UPDATE
Please read this journal made by my friend who had his art stolen:
Hey guys, this was brought to my attention just now so I want to put it out there.
A friend of mine had his artwork stolen and used for roleplaying accounts on Twitter. I won't list names for now because he is waiting for a personal response before they get called out for it.
If they are rude to him you can bet I will call them out in a future journal. They are not fucking getting away with this.
They are using drawings of his OWN CHARACTERS for their roleplaying characters which are not related to the drawings whatsoever.
I don't use Twitter, so as far as I can see, it's impossible to report a user if you're not signed in. I did sign up just in case. However, if you do use Twitter and you're worried about art theft, search your username in Twitter's search to find out if people are using your drawings selfishly for their own RP characters, but crediting you