Rant about content theft I’ve been experiencing
It's frustrating that I keep having to make posts like this. But I’m still experiencing the same issues, so another post I shall make... in the hopes that maybe people will finally listen.
Let me begin by saying this: nothing has killed my motivation for running this blog more, than seeing people repost or plagiarize my content.
I love seeing people's comments, tags, ideas, add-ons, suggestions. I have thick skin and eagerly welcome honest criticisms, because I want to improve. What I truly hate is seeing random people steal my stuff, or take """inspiration""" from my content, without asking or giving credit or any show of appreciation for what I do whatsoever (can’t even be bothered to give a like or reblog!).
Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people that they don't realize how pathetic it is to take someone else's original ideas and act like they’re your own? Do you have no honor or shame at all, stealing from other people to fulfill your petty desire for internet points?
Within the past two months I've seen a few people steal my original ideas and dialogue from my Jasper/Hendrik fanfic. Which I spent over a year working on, between life and school. I'm genuinely pissed. Won't name names because I don't care to involve myself in internet drama over dumb fandom stuff. But it really is pathetic, taking ideas from other people without speaking to them once, without giving them an ounce of thanks or credit, no comment saying you liked ‘X’ idea and want to know if you can use it too. Just because I’m creating fan content doesn’t make it automatically okay to use my analyses, interpretations, and memes however you want. There is a difference between respectful use and ripping off of someone else’s work. And there’s a difference between someone I know/have spoken to using my stuff versus a complete stranger.
It strips away all my joy and motivation, because when people steal my things it says to me that they simply see me as a entertainment dispenser for their pleasure and use. For the most part I cherish the people who interact with this blog, but if you think it is fine to treat me or anyone else this way, fuck you. It’s dishonorable, entitled people like you who kill my desire to create. When you'd rather steal from others than respect the time and effort it takes to be original and creative, you should seriously rethink your life priorities.
Between fic plagiarism, seeing people steal my GIFs and people reposting my memes without credit, I'm not happy. It makes me want to stop making original content of my own because I don't want people to keep stealing from me and taking as they please. I understand that once you post stuff on the internet it's largely out of your control, but man, I can't believe how honorless some people are. I'm just one person running this Dragon Quest blog for free. Is it too much to ask to be treated with some shred of respect?