To some of you, this might seem sort of familiar. This might be because of a little other story that you might have read-
Luna's Impossible Growth Luna was having a bad day. It had started with her being woken up near three to the sound of loud banging coming from the garden outside. When she had aroused herself and gotten to the garden, she had found a small black box laying in a crater in the center, no identifying marks on its surface. Picking up the box, she had taken it inside, where she was now looking at it, tiredly attempting to figure out what it was.
She sighed. If only Celestia hadn’t left yesterday, she could have dealt with this, and perhaps Luna could have gotten more sleep.
But dealt with this must be. Any strange, unidentified object which found itself in the Canterlot garden could be considered potently dangerous, and it was her duty to take care of it.
So Luna poked at the box, wondering what it could possibly be. It was pitch black, about twenty-five centimeters on each s
So, it appears that I have had my first story theft! Success! I'm good enough that people want to claim my stuff as their own!
This was pretty recent, from what I can tell. July 3 2016 is when 'his' story was posted, and November 6 2014 is when mine went up. It's pretty clear who came out first, no?
I'm kind of pissed, and sort of want to vent, but I know there's no point. Nothing I do will change how he works, and I know anyone who cares to check will see, obviously, that I was the true creator. There's a 20 month delay, that's not something that could be argued against. This is the risk with putting anything online, and it's a risk I knew about from the start. People steal stuff. It's the way it works. It's easier to take something than it is to make something.
I don't want anyone doing anything about this. It really doesn't matter enough to me, and I'd rather not get into any fights. I just want to make it clear immediately that, yes, I know about this. Don't like his stuff, because he's a thief. But, don't bother with reporting or anything like that, unless it continues. I don't want to get into any fights here. He's an asshole, but lots of people are assholes. It's not dangerous.
It looks like DeviantArt has a copyright claim thing. If someone steals your work, you can send them a DMCA takedown. However, and I need to stress this before people keep suggesting it to me:
Doing that is a huge, huge hastle, and far more effort than I'm willing to spend on something that I'm not making any money from, and, more importantly.
I don't own the copyright to my story. It's a MLP fanwork. Hasbro owns the IP. So, I actually can't make that claim. I could on my original works, but not any that have other peoples characters in them.