Imagine you work super hard on something for years and years.
And then at some point you put that work out there and add to it little by little.
And people like what you put out, so you continue to work your little butt off and give them more.
Imagine if someone saw all that hard work and decided to make money out of it. Sometimes mentioning your name, mostly not, and not giving you a cent for it.
Imagine someone coming to tell you that all that hard work you've put out there is just a rag, something they wouldn't be able to achieve but that you shouldn't take pride in it because there's more of the same media out there and that you should be glad someone else is making money out of your hard work.
"It's exposure" they don't say but very clearly think.
I find it despicable. Especially in a fandom that was pushed to rage when it learned what the music industry is like towards royalties. To then turn around and say that art, whether it be writing, painting, dancing, photography, signing, that art is useless and impersonal because it was based of a person you heard about, an event that happened, another work of fiction.
And that you should be HAPPY that someone ELSE profits from it.
When artists ask you not to republished, not to translate, not to fucking sell their own creation it's not because they are selfish fools. That work isn't yours. It's the creator's. It's their baby. And unless they give permission to take that baby, that piece of themselves that is filled with their insecurities and humour, and personality YOU DON'T FUCKING OWN IT.
This post is about something specific, but you know what? It also applies to everything else that is put out there. So don't come at me because I'm "just" defending a friend. Im speaking up for a way of conduct that should be normal but has been made irrelevant in the ease of access we have to transformative work and original work.
The music industry should pay the artist. Fact.
The publishing industry should pay the authors. Fact.
Nobody should be reselling or making money of the art created by someone else. ALSO FACT.