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I put characters so that it reflects anything, not just OC's.
To use, copy/paste this to wherever... subscription owners only, sorry!

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I got quite tired of seeing friends' (and others, like a lot of the peeps I watch) characters being used by other users in ART and even just in ROLEPLAY. Of course, on that second note (RP), I agree with =Res-Gestae--so many people who've ripped characters for their own use... are not only doing it without permission, but in every case where I've read the fake bios... they freaking SUCK BALLS. (I won't even get into that.)

Regardless, I just roll with laughter seeing thieves even bother slapping things like "OFFICIAL ACCOUNT OF _____", cause no it ain't.

In the end, here's the drill. A lot of people seem to think "Oh, I like that character! It's PERFECTLY OKAY for me to TAKE that character, and a picture (or many of), and use it as MINE!"

The answer's no. Most people do NOT allow others to do this, and I know a friend of mine wasn't too thrilled when it happened to her either.

Using a character, their related artwork........ THAT'S CALLED STEALING, IDIOTS.
Especially with the ARTWORK part.

Is it okay for you to go to a store and just grab what you like?
Is it okay for you to like, let's say, The Little Mermaid and use Ariel in your logo?
Is it okay to go to a friend's house and take their X-Box/(whatever) just cause you want one too?
Is it okay to go to a zoo and steal a red panda just cause they're awesome looking?

Is it okay to make an attempt, however the result is, and MAKE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS?
If you PRACTICE and not dink around in FarmVille or Mafia Wars, maybe you'll be on the right track. People don't give two shits if you can't draw well, just appreciate that you didn't steal.

Right now here's a non-animated long-stamp... I'll make an animated one with more text ("not on FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, or ANYTHING ELSE"), and maybe an animated small one in a bit...

Template came from here, if you want to make your own long stamps/buttons.
Sorry, I don't have a set of PLZ-accounts up yet, may whip some up later if someone doesn't beat me to it.
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Pitool Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
seriously, if everyone had this logic no one would get any fanart what so ever.
Pitool Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
jesus christ, i hate ANYONE who actually uses this shit
GiuseppeDiRosso Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
I dont see how exactly you could stop someone from using your characters for personal use. There is a such thing as cosplay, where people will dress up and roleplay other copyrighted characters. Someone who decides he wants to dress up and roleplay as Batman and makes a video, there is nothing DC comics could do anything about it. People will roleplay characters from companies like Disney, Warner Bros, or Electronic Arts, so if its ok to roleplay characters from large companies, its ok to roleplay characters from you.

As a copyright holder, you are required to determine if the person is within fair use. The only way to get someone to stop using your copyright for something you don't want them to, is to sue them. You guys need to read about copyright law including fair use, the only thing matters in a court of law is the law as its written, not the rules you decide to create yourself. Then there is DeviantArt terms of service that talks specifically about uploading other people's artwork if its not within fair use. You are also require to do a DMCA take down in good faith, if you are not, it will bite you. Someone could legally sue you for a bad faith DMCA take down when the person is within fair use laws. Lenz v. Universal Music Corp. is an example of a case that deals with using someone's copyright within the lines of fair use.

Taking people's art outside the lines of fair use is either called plagiarism or copyright infringement. The United States Supreme Court in 1988 ruled when someone had ripped thousands of Elvis records and sold them for profit to require states and the federal government to determine it as copyright infringement, not theft. Someone taking something is physical without consent is called theft in the court of law in the United States.
KrinRuvaak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
using ;w; 
Oh-PaigeCutie Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Leo-Fina Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Using this, because it is happening to me all the time :( 
Thank you so much for this, it straight gets to the point. 
mlgx Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
How Do u use it?😕
Leo-Fina Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Basically, you mark the banner, then copy + paste it to your description
Yanni-Fivelife Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mark the banner?
Tinatronic Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
using! ;u;
Captain-Red-Feather Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I get so pissed when people try and pass off someone else's' character as their own because they like it. I really wish I could reach through the internet and slap those people.
I actually have a journal listing people who take and use other people's characters because; 'I like the design/character!'

This is my main account for my Grimm World stories and characters. XD  I would have an absolute CONNIPTION If someone started stealing my babies.

Art thieves don't seem to understand just HOW much time, energy, effort and LOVE we put into making our characters unique.

Unless it's a gift, commission or you've gotten the OK from the artist, you MAY NOT draw or use someone else's characters for ANY reason.

And I'd say with any art; I do a lot of literature, and I would be equally pissed if someone re uploaded my chapters.

People can also use FREE bases if they can't draw well enough to get everything 'perfect'. Go out and invest in How To Draw books.  That's the reason people make them!
I learned everything I can do through trial and error. Everyone else can, too.
JackyTheSkrub Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so using
SummerLife92 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^ I am using it ^^ 
midnight21 Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup... it happened to me.  a certain role player thought that just because her character is the parent of all the offspring characters, it gives her the automatic right to take control of them, change them to her liking, force them to live a certain way of life, then eventually steal them for herself, using "co ownership" to cover up her theft. I wasn't allowed to express myself through character and genetic development because she expected every single offspring character to be just like hers, which makes it easy for her to steal them and claim them as hers. I wasn't allowed to make my own choices and i had to play by her rules. I also wasn't allowed to change anything either, forced to use character concepts I hated just to make her happy. Then she started taking control of my main characters as well, changing them to be just like hers without my permission, forcing them to endure abusive, dramatic, and violent situations every single day. It got to the point where I just couldn't handle it anymore and ended the RPG right then and there. I also had to end the friendship as well because she wouldn't take no for an answer and kept trying to pull me back into that awful RPG. I kept saying no to her and that's when the stalking, drama, harassment and abusive smear campaigns began...

Don't let this happen to you.

It took me months to undo the damage her godmodding has done to my characters and they will never be the same again...
SkinnyGreenKiller Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I would've quit as soon as she touched the main characters, like, i make characters on a daily bases, most of them i don't care about, but my main three, they're my babies, and neither i nor them will stand for that shit.
midnight21 Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah. I pretty much did as soon as she touched my character Kitai and quit right then and there. I was really upset with her because Kitai was originally owned by a friend of mine and she gave me ownership of the character because she didn't want her anymore. She gave me free reign over the character, but I kept most of the original ideas for the character due to respect for my friend but i changed a few things about the character to make her work for my character's family.  Of course, my ex friend took control of the character and started changing her to be like her characters then forced her to have a royal wedding instead of a simple wedding in the garden like Kitai wanted for her and her fiance. I ended it there but i had a lot of difficulty doing so due to her begging, pleading, and disrespect for my boundaries...
SkinnyGreenKiller Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Wow. That sounds like shit, god i hope i never have to go through that.
midnight21 Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was... hopefully you won't have to. do your research on narcissism and narcissistic abuse and look for signs of abuse in art, creativity, role plays, and collaborations:

*The role player is a control freak. She has a long list of absurd rules for you to follow and if you break any of them, you will be punished for it.
*The role player won't allow individuality of any kind. She expects you to have your offspring characters be born like her characters
*The Role player's characters are the center of everything and they have to have all attention on them. Don't even try to get the spotlight on your characters because they will only be ignored and all the attention will go back to her characters. 
*The role player won't allow your characters to live lives of their own and are forced to do everything she wants them to do.
*You feel forced to use character concepts that are no longer working for you just to make her happy and you're not allowed to change any of it.
*The role player thinks that just because her character is the parent of all the offspring characters, it gives her the automatic right to take control of them and claim them for herself. She uses "co ownership" as an excuse to cover up her behavior and never gives you credit for your original concepts and ideas.
*You can tell that the role player lies about her actions when questioned or twists things around so the blame of her actions is put on someone else.
*The role player puts your characters through constant drama, violence, and gore scenes 24/7 and she won't let your characters live normal lives.
*The role player constantly abuses your characters and expects them to just endure it and act like nothing happened to them. If they show any signs of distress or grief, then the role player will start complaining how you're not fun to work with anymore.
*The role player won't take no for an answer and has no respect for your boundaries. The role player will do anything to get you to change your mind and say yes to whatever it is she wanted from you.
*You are constantly faced with dramatic temper tantrums, obsessive demands, and of course the silent treatment.

Remember that you are entitled to express yourself through character and genetic development, make your own choices and the changes you need to so that you have characters that actually work for you and enjoy using in the RPG. Should you find yourself dealing with any of these things, end the RPG and block that person immediately. Godmodding and character theft should not be tolerated and you shouldn't have to put up with it either.
SkinnyGreenKiller Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, i'll keep that in mind.
SophiSparklePoppin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
I'm uzzzzzing!
landra15 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm trying to post this in the description of my art, but iy's not coming up after I updated it. What am I doing wrong?
Captain-Red-Feather Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You can use it on your main page, not in the artists' comments of your art. ^^  (I've tried)

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^ post on your profile.  ^  
Puredahedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
C-A-N-D-Y-Y Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have OC's, well i have but only in my mind.
I imagine them, and when i go draw them i realize i can't draw,
stefanythebat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
CobaltPie Featured By Owner Edited Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Preach, sis! USED.
I have the same problem. I have my own FanCharacte Jane and her relationship is hetero. She is in couple with ONE partner I set for her. Nobody more. I'm owner of her. And in last months there's a group made by people who are for years against me. I used hate Amy Rose from SEGA and do hate yaoi/yuri. Year back I showed my hate to these two too much. They know I didn't like these two stuffs and in that group are PLENTY "arts" (i even wondering if it we can call art,if it's made under purpose) with my FC paired with another one - Amy Rose. They are married, having a babies..etc. I couldn't let it without my cents. As the creator and owner of my Jane I asked them to take this craps down.(They ignored me) Why? Becasue they has using my FC in way I don't wish her WITH no my permission and putting her for "fun" in couple with other character.
This is not all, they haven't let me know, they doing it, I have been informed by deviantArt mention system, becasue they putting credits my FC belongs to me. And putting credits they think it's all about okay. NO, IT'S NOT. My friend said it's a thievery. They just took my FC and treating like a toy for their desires.
And funnt fact is they DRAWING my FC in way I don't wish her exactly. I put small text with my rules about my FC on my da page. And they ignoring it with full of premeditation.
One more thing. All of these "arts" and group is based on hate, becasue of intentions. They know I don't support what they doing, so let's keep movin'. People from my friends took the attempts to explain it's not okay "you haven't got a permssion of the owner this FC to pair her with other charater". Their explanation was like "you should be greatful for drawin' your FC, you should be greatful for fanarts this is beautiful, we can do with your FC what we like to do,you attacking us, this is a parody couple, this is couple we lovin'!" Excuse me, why I should love what has been made and used against me and taken my FC with no my permission?? I love my FC and do care about her.

Seriously these "explanations" were too much pathetic to responding even. They know it's wrong they doing, but they playing their dumb games. People knowing it's wrong and don't letting get fool by them.

I writing that becasue my FC has been stolen. I needed to report this group as hate, thivery and trolling.
I'm happy it gives people like you having own FCs and caring about them.  Mines I love like they are my babies :'3

I'm sorry for my English btw. It's not my native language ;P
ScrotalDramaIsland Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Artist
im going to use them anyway
KL0N0A Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm ok with people including my ocs in their art with given credit but if they include my ocs in an rp then it's not ok
SkinnyGreenKiller Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Especially when they know nothing about the character, or the series they're from..
Sansy-The-Killer Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

i don't want that Flowa is stolen
MYTHlICAlS Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Used on our page

Strasna-io-Kieli Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Probabilmente dovrei usare questo.
TheARTMANOFAWESOME Featured By Owner Edited Aug 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
MikeCone69 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015   General Artist
I'm a good guy.
You can share my artwork and use any characters I make among the way.
I mean, heck, even if you claim my art as my own, I'd be disappointed, but I'd let you.
KayErudite Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Student Photographer
usiiing :3
WickidlyStrange13 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm so using this! :D
NaoPocky Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Just to let you know but people without prem can actually use this :3 They only need to copy and paste the thumb-nail code.
Hawkpelt22 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
This will be useful. Thanks for making that.
Obsessed-With-Krazee Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist
This is exactly why I'm cautious about posting stuff here too.(To the person below me my work seems to get ripped off so easily for some reason.)

Thank you for making this~
Yaoiwriter25 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's why i don't post stuff here, i don't want people using my stuff. its MY stuff. 
Timscorpion Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Using a character and acknowledging that the character does not belong to you is not considered theft.

Hey, don't I know you from somewhere? That icon seems familiar.
DollDolour Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
more than one person has that icon

it's a shiny pokemon icon
Timscorpion Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ArchfiendAdoptables Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG yes its never happened but I need this >.< 
The0riginalC4t Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Used! BTW, could you make a button saying I DONT DO TAGS/CHAINS?
r-owlet Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nitanyy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaoiwriter25 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think its dumb people don't think they should ask permission, if its your work you can say no. Why would someone think its OK to use someone else work, and not ask first. It's not their's, not to mention I have stories where i wouldn't want someone pairing my characters with someone else. I made them specifically for the other, so yeah i would be upset. 
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