I am writing this Journal because I have been witness to something that me wonder what motivations lie behind doing this.
What I want to talk about is that in specifically the Sonic fan community (which I have more or less already left, but which was the one franchise that years and years ago led me into the internet and its various communities at all when I just started puberty), the creation of blatant rip-offs is apparently a thing.
I know that creating parodies off of other characters is something that is done and has been done for a long time. Otherwise, a TV series like "Drawn Together" wouldn't exist, since this one is full of parody characters. But in a community like Deviantart, I think the most important rule should be basic human decency - and this includes ASKING beforehand if it is okay to use an Original Character as a base for a parody character.
And with that being said, I want to show you the following: This person used a character WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION and I want to use this Journal to direct some attention to this growing problem...
So, down there, on the left, you can see the parody character and in the description you can see the original she was based off.
has clearly stated in the comments section below that this "Re-design" was done without any prior permission from her. On top of that, and especially after some drama caused earlier in the year, Shaylo doesn't need any more stress and antagonization - she is 6 months pregnant, and stress such as this may negatively affect the baby.
In my opinion, just taking a character and re-designing this without asking beforehand is very much like stealing an OC. Even more so when you go around wanting to sell the parody for money (or deviantart points, which are still bought with real-life money).
Another rather famous case is with the OC Jane "Akai" Dalia who belongs to
I have seen countless Ripoffs of this character, and pairings that have been created, AGAINST the express permission of the original artist and owner.
So, is this the new hip thing to do with this new generation? Just redo and redo, instead of thinking up something own?
So, my dear readers of this Journal, what are your thoughts on this? I am curious what you have to say to this.