Those of you who know me also know I like to write fan fiction as well. Mainly from the Dragon Age video games. It came to my attention today that one of those stories, Broken, a short story told by the character Fenris about his complicated relationship with my PC (player character) Alexandria Hawke, was posted on another site without my permission. A lovely young lady messaged me on deviantART, one of the sites the story resides (the other place being facebook), asking me if I was Emma Shepard. After browsing my gallery, she saw I do not do the Mass Effect games (The PC's last name in those games is Shepard) thus she asked me if I'd given Emma Shepard permission to post it and provided me with the link. I saw Broken was indeed on that site and without any credit whatsoever to me. Thus I have reported her for plagiarism.
Now those that know me, know that I'm not easily riled and it takes a lot to get on my bad side. And yes, I do have a bad side. Stealing something I wrote, even if the world and character belongs to Bioware, is something that will put you there easily. And for the record, when I write fan fiction or use a character that belongs to someone else, I clearly state who they belong to. Emma Shepard did not do that. If she had asked for permission first, I may have allowed it as long as she credited me for it. And even without permission, if she had credited me I would not be so pissed off about it.
And I will say this, if Emma Shepard was a writer at all, she would respect another writer's work.
Lesson of the day:
DON'T STEAL OTHER PEOPLE'S CREATIVE WORKS!