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So, I was looking around the internet, and look what I found:
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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.

EDIT:
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.
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:icongiantessfan01:
GiantessFan01 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
Sorry for what I did. if it makes you feel any better, I deleted the story. again sorry for what I did
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer

What would make me feel better is if you don't do it again. I mean, it's not like you didn't realize you were stealing it when it happened - neither of us are stupid enough to actually believe that. You're just upset that you were caught. 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t improve.

Stop this stealing thing. It’s unhealthy, and doesn’t make you any friends. And I don’t just mean from me. From what I’ve heard, every single thing in your gallery is stolen. It’s wrong, it hurts the artists you take from, and in the long run it won’t make people like you. All it will do is get you a short burst of popularity that will die and turn into resentment when people figure out what you’ve done. You’ll be infamous in the long run, not famous. Even you don’t benefit from it in the long term. So, please, just stop it.

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:iconjammin79:
jammin79 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016
Whichever way you want to handle it

But kudos for taking it in such a good way and taking less stress from it
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:icongamefreakdx:
GamefreakDX Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even if you don't own MLP or anything, you did still put that effort into those stories. So I don't blame you for getting miffed at all.
Let's just hope this isn't common. It's only ever happened to me once (as far as I'm aware).
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. As far as I can tell, this is the first time it's happened to me, at least. Though, I did miss this one for 28 days, so there could be more hiding out somewhere, who knows. All I know is that I won't be loosing sleep over it. I've taken all the steps I can without being an asshole myself, and I just hope that my warning can help others avoid this kind of thing in the future.
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GamefreakDX Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty much.
The only time it happened to me, the thief got taken down quickly only because one of my friends found it, reported it... and then told me.
You've reported him/her, right?

But yeah, not being a dick about it I suppose is a good way to go. It's just a thing people in this world will do because... well the human race is dumb sometimes.
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
No, I haven't reported them. And I won't, and urge other people not to either. My reasoning is a little stupid, but, well, I've heard horror stories of people who try to call out thieves only for the thieves to turn around, start blaming the original creators, and then win. In cases like this, it's not uncommon to end up getting my own account deleted for raising a fuss. Not terribly likely, maybe a few percent, but not worth it for this. I'm not setting myself up for that when it's something I don't really care about. If they'd taken my Mesmer story, I'd have torn them apart. But this, it's not worth the risk or effort to me.
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GamefreakDX Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. It does make sense I suppose.
Though very cowardly for the thief if you ask me. To be fair, they're not making money over this... or at least I hope not (to me that's when it's a real issue).
I still stand by my argument though that even if the characters aren't all the ones you own, you still did put effort into writing whatever you did.
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
And I agree. But, because I don't own the characters, I can't give a DMCA. And if I can't give a DMCA, I don't have legal support. I would still probably win, and he'd still probably get the ban hammer and leave me untouched, but I can't be sure. And since neither of us make money by this, and he is less popular than me, and everyone I care about seems to agree with me, I'm not going to push this any further - unless it happens again.

I personally think the system is broken. I think that I should get credit for the work that I did. But that doesn't change the fact that the legal reality is different. I don't own the IP, so I can't exert copyright claims. That's just how it works, there's no grey area here. Again, if he'd taken Mesmer, I'd be able to SUE him if I wanted. I actually own that character, full stop. But, with this, I just don't have any legal power.
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GamefreakDX Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I guess in my previous reply, I meant it a bit more like someone's stealing your effort, but I'm sure you understood it the past two times now, so...
But still, I hope it doesn't happen again for a long while (preferably never again).
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, me too. Thank you for your nice words.
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Scarecrow22 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016
Not too bad! There are worse things to be remembered by, but it's your ideas!
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I... guess? I'm not really sure what part of my rant you're referring to with that, but... yay?
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BlazingCobaltDA Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
guess youre hitting it big time since youre getting your stuff stolen! lol
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yep! I'm choosing to consider this a positive development, because it'll help me with the pain. Wink/Razz 
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BlazingCobaltDA Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
smart idea. no point letting an art thief ruin your day.
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yep. Thank you for your response! I'm happy to have support, and it really means a lot.
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:iconblazingcobaltda:
BlazingCobaltDA Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey man, no problem. I was kind of curious if you are currently on a hiatus? 
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Sort of? Not officially. The thing is, I'm basically always on hiatus. I don't write a lot in general, and I write giantess even less frequently than that. Most of my already limited writing time goes into my fan-fics and original stories. I think I've said it before - this page contains only the works I care the least about.

Heck, this month, I've put out two whole things! That's far more than usual. This is about as lively as it gets around here.

That being said, I'm actually working on a request for :icongamefreakdx: right now, and that should be done in another 3-5 days. I'm also writing an... interesting thing that I might post here in the next week or so, it depends. So, right now, this is what I'd call an active phase.
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BlazingCobaltDA Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, thats great news! are you still into mlp? or have you moved onto bigger (literally) and better things?
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't been into MLP for... 18 months? 16 at least. I left it behind a while ago, I'm sorry to say. 'Grew out of it', though that's somewhat disingenuous. I think the brony community is great and all, but I never liked the show to start, only the community. And now I have fandoms that I like both the source and community in, so I left (for Puella Magi Madoka Magica, specifically). Bronies are great. I'm just kind of not one anymore.
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WillEdgecomb Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Professional Writer
Cursory Google search doesn't seem to reveal a DA policy against plagiarism which, if true, holy shit.
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, yeah. It's bad, I'm mad, but I don't care enough to put up too much of a stink. It's my old pony stuff, my new stuff is better anyway, and any action I took would likely cause me more trouble that it was worth. It's lamentable, but it's the way it works.
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WillEdgecomb Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Professional Writer
I teach English for a living and this sort of thing really bothers me. Blech. Sorry it happened.
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, and thank you for your sympathy! It really does go a long way towards making me feel better.
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WillEdgecomb Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Professional Writer
FWIW, from the looks of things, everything on the guy's page is stolen from elsewhere. He's already been called out once for it and assured people he got permission first. What a cool cool guy.
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Great. Well, if all his stuff is stolen, then there's even less reason to bother trying to do anything against him - he's obviously stood up to these things before. The best we can hope for is to give him a bad name. As long as everyone realizes he's an asshole, it won't matter what he takes.
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WillEdgecomb Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Professional Writer
Yyyyyyyyyup!

Fave comment is the only other one on the story: "Interesting, though whats with the Pony parts and fur? If anything she was more o an butterfly."

CAN'T IMAGINE WHY. =P
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Fifteen1413 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed. I considered responding to that person, but I wanted to let the 'creator' know that I had my eye on him. I hope he takes the hint and at least doesn't take any more of my stuff.
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