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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:35 pm    Post subject: Copying Characters  Reply with quote

In the last two days I have had multiple encounters or discussions with people about plagiarism in the space of Furcadia and our dream Silvaria. What we have been discussing hasn't necessarily been -about- Silvaria perse, but about some of the people who join the dream, or perhaps role play here for a day or two, but don't register. I have noticed a trend on Furcadia where people will role play/craft characters based on say their favorite anime, or their favorite game. An example of this would be someone I just ejected from the dream who's character was named 'blacked out per Seifer's request"'. His desk was one sentence long and it read "Blacked out for Seifers request".

It is understandable that people may want to role play a character that they were fond of in a game, or some other television show they enjoy. However this is not their character. The character and idea was crafted by somebody else who put a lot of work into creating this character. That being said I think its understandable that if you are going to be role playing a character that somebody else has created you have to give credit to the original creator, and the game/show that the character came from.

Inevitably it is impossible to avoid to some degree forms of plagiarism. For example my character Bluehawk is a blend of other people's characters that I saw when I was a child. The difference here is that Bluehawk does not

a) Adopt the name of any particular character
b) Does not retain a physical clone of the characters.

We are influenced whether we like to think so or not that all of our idea's are completely original. They are not always. I want to avoid dragging this out any further, because I do not believe that I need to sit here and explain to you why I think copying a character and not giving credit to the creator is wrong. With this post after Seifer looks over it I want to cement in our policy on people with characters that are not giving credit to the original owners.

Edit: 6/26/2011 Per Seifer's Request and approval.

Last edited by Bluehawk on Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:04 pm; edited 1 time in total
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright, Blue. I'm for it, it does sort of need to be said. Now, here's my two cents until I can examine this further (I have somewhere to go).

Take the recent offender's name from this post. We're here for rules and guidelines, not to call people out, alright?

Just pull that off and I'll talk to you about this later.


A Silvarian must be both Earthly Shield and Heavenly Sword. ~ Emery Swordshadow

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