Content Guidelines


#41

They should not be getting approved. Anything signed, watermarked and copyrighten cannot be used. I had to have one of my artists remove her signature from a piece because its not allowed.


#42

Well this is my opinion too. But fact is, those are approved, that’s why I said “double standards “.


#43

I agree, Episode could do better to not approve such things, I also see people doing things like googling “anime art” and submitting it and having it approved, that definitely annoys me. Unfortunately, Episode just doesn’t do a good job AT ALL about educating users about image use, this needs to be a big deal PSA, but they won’t do it.
At best, you can only report the art in question, it’s likely an admin without adequate training (or care for their job) has approved these images. I know how annoying it is, I was so annoyed by art theft I made my own drive to try to stop people from stealing art, and it was a lot at my own expense!


#44

@Trinady is no longer with us but I’m sure @Jesse would happily escalate this to the team. Thanks for the helpful feedback.


#45

Episode works closely with these celebs to form these stories, they are on special contracts with them. You cannot use a celebrities image without permission/paying rights.


#46

Thanks Jeremy, I didn’t know Trinady was gone. Hopefully Episode will address these concerns, so many users just google images to use, and don’t understand you can’t do this. When I tell them, they are really shocked. I have even had some argue. This definitely should be expanded on in the terms of use/content guidelines. I know a few of us artists really don’t mind if episode directs users to our safe for use drives, it would be better than what they are doing, I don’t care about the fame, in fact feel free to leave my instagram out (more drama!)and just post the drive links, I just want these users to be able to find things they can use legally.


#47

@ThorneArtStudio, do you have any recommendations for other truly safe for use drives? The problem you’re referring to here is so present amongst episode background accounts/threads, it can be difficult to sift through them and find ones who actually understand what is allowed by copyright law. Or if you’re uncomfortable posting them publicly, may I DM you instead?


#48

For me, it’s difficult to guarantee that other drives are safe, because I use all my own meshes and I own the right to redistribute, I know my material is safe. As far as I know and from our conversations, I could conclude that Uwe practices safe art use, and has a drive on her instagram account.
Episodelife.com also hosts backgrounds from creators, but I have no guarantee they have used safe for use stock in their edits. Essentially I don’t like to guarantee anything that isn’t mine.
My drive has 6000 items that ARE safe. tinyurl.com/thorneartstudio. I have another drive for donors who support the costs of my meshes with another 2000 items that is available by evite once a donation is made.
I don’t know if this has been helpful or not. Sometimes, if I am in doubt with an image, I reverse search it using https://www.tineye.com/ but if the edits are using just stolen stock, tiny eye won’t pick that up.


#50

Would describing the effects of harder drugs be ok? Such as feeling talkative/anxious/happy etc? Or providing physical descriptions e.g. ‘white powder’?
My story is about people doing drugs, but wouldnt be a glorification of it. Instead it would show the negative impacts drugs can have, but the characters may describe their experiences in a positive way at the beginning.

@Jeremy @Jesse


#51

The stories I have seen that contained artwork like that are only credited by having their Instagram username there, which is allowed. I once commissioned an artwork and I had to ask the artist to send me the version w/o her signature because I forgot that it was there and the artwork got rejected.


#52

Could someone from the Episode team explain to me how In my bed… Doesn’t violate these guidelines? You’ve basically written a soft pornographic story and tried to hide it behind the fact that it’s partially written in spotlight.

I look forward to a response.


#53

I think everyone’s looking for a response to this, like other peoples stories have been reported and/or removed for very mild versions of this then Episode bring this story out? Bit strange…Guessing the reason so much stuff has been going wrong with Episode (e.g. problems with previewers, the background approval backlog, etc) is because they have prioritized this wonderful story. Who knows :woman_shrugging:t3: certainly not us and I doubt they are gonna respond any time soon.


#54

I’ll private message them everyday if needs be, I’ve overlooked the many times they have broken their own guidelines as specified above, but not this time. This story is disgusting. I’m a parent and I feel the need to warn other parents about what this company is showing to their young kids.


#55

At this point in time I take these guidelines with a grain a salt seeing as none of your featured creators have to follow them. :woman_shrugging:t5:


#56

Wait in a story my group is making we have the main character and her twin and best friend have 9 year sisters is it ok to have them have somewhat of a part as just the Older girls siblings who are there for them or no? lol I’m a little confused but sometimes i read wrong


#57

Okay, to me the prostitution thing is dumb. Prostitution is a real thing that happens in this world. You can’t just pretend it doesn’t happen. But, do you mean the “prostitute” doing her job or just prostitution as a whole.


#58

tea


#59

I don’t think doing the wink thing is over the line I have seen stories where there is worse and the stories are in the top community section :grin:


#60

Okay, but a love story can be innocent. Just a love story, not a sex story.
So why sixteen? Can’t 14/15-year-old girls fall in love?
I had a crush when I was 14. What’s the problem with that??? :persevere::weary::rage:


#61

I was just wondering the exact same thing tbh