Rules Around Using Episode Art Assets and Community Edits


#503

According to them it’s always been there.

We’re all confused.


#504

I am beyond pissed right now… so we were all right. We can’t use any custom backgrounds from now on?


#505

You can, if they were already saved to begin with. But no editor is allowed to share their links publicly for everyone to use anymore or be like, “hey - I just made a new bg, here you go, guys.”


#506

:roll_eyes:


#507

If I have backgrounds saved, but haven’t uploaded them to the portal yet, would they be approved or denied?


#508

Probably approved unless they have a huge watermark on it bc how would they know where you got it from?


#509

episode just approved a lot of custom backgrounds for me.
two was declined but they been getting approved for me.


#510

can’t wait for the Episode black market lmao


#511

@Funicidal and @amberh.episode You can use custom backgrounds with Episode assets that you edit for yourself and use in your own stories. You just can’t share them on a public drive. Anyone could technically access that who don’t use them for Episode purposes. That at least is why I would assume we cannot and shouldn’t have been sharing them via a public drive.


#512

@rebecca.stories has made two posts of the hidden backgrounds, if you are on Instagram. :+1:t2:


#513

I’m sorry but this is legit a joke.

What should happen is the editors that make backgrounds and overlays WITH episode assets should put a lock on their drive to request access so they know who the backgrounds are going to. They can look them up on the app to make sure theyre actually on the episode platform before they give access.

This would just get rid of the problem and still keep the backgrounds they created. This is just my opinion and I’m extremely angry about this.

And reguarding the selling of episode assets, only punish them not anyone else.


#514

Hey, @Liz,
how come editors are not allowed to share the backgrounds that they had edited (not hidden backgrounds) on Google Drives to help other authors in the community out? If I am being completely honest, this is absolutely ridiculous. Yes, we understood that we cannot share any Episode Hidden Backgrounds because they belonged to you but telling editors - which they take beyond hours to create – cannot share the backgrounds that they had made on their public Google Drive. This is unfair – many others will struggle to write their own stories because they cannot find any the backgrounds they need (which might have been made by a certain editor --, but, wait, you are not allowing editors to share their drive even though it was allowed for years).

I’m going to be brutally honest: this can result to authors not publishing their stories, or even writing in the first place, because you are restricting their resources. This is absolutely unfair and it makes me consider why I still write on this platform; I don’t understand why you would make a sudden change in the Copyrights Guide (or whatever it’s called). I would like to contiue to write, but i cannot do that because I cannot find the backgrounds/overlays I need (even though there are editors who created/edited backgrounds them for the ones who don’t know how to edit).

I dearly hope you manage to change this, because this whole situation is driving authors and editors insane – editors have been editing for years, they have been making use of their talent and creativity to edit and they were willing to share their pieces of work to the rest.


#515

What if we just share custom backgrounds within the forums instead? It will reduce the chance of people using those backgrounds to make money off of it and it won’t be “widely distributed”. People from outside the episode community won’t even have access to them.


#516

Just what I was about to add.
@amepisode


#518

Okay so not going to lie in being lazy and don’t want to read every comment to understand. Do all of these artists that made backgrounds and overlays need to delete or block their drives as they’re doing so or like everybody’s having a big frenzy over it as long as they have a small Watermark or no watermark they’re fine right cuz I thought the whole issue was the giant Watermark and then using hidden backgrounds in their work I thought that was the issue I’m just confused and when I understand I don’t always comprehend everything I read English correctly so I just want to make sure I’m understanding what’s going


#519

Honestly and respectfully, you @Liz and the whole Episode team members should’ve said this from the very beginning to save all of us some times from this confusing mess and most importantly the editors who took hours and done this for years editing Episode hidden backgrounds or Episode backgrounds and overlays in general which you both approved of even the ones who don’t know how to edit but we’re given access from the editors to use their backgrounds and overlays they created to look different and honestly good.

I understand and believe most people understand that we either authors or editors can not use any hidden backgrounds assets which are completely understandable and fair. But for the fact that it took Episode team members to JUST say this, upset us. Now for the more confusing part, the backgrounds that editors did and share publicly on their Google drive for us to use, as for me (who does not know how to edit, once again.) or those people in that category can’t have access from the editors backgrounds and overlays but ONLY they can use it for their story because they edit their backgrounds and overlays. So basically the non editors have to continuously have to use ONLY Episode backgrounds and overlays for their stories instead of using editors backgrounds and overlays.

So if the editors can use Episode backgrounds and overlays by editing them and changing it up however they want only for their stories. But doesn’t that mean what copyright, I guess even though they changing up the design/ colors? Not bashing at them at all but I’m just trying to understand here on what’s the differences.

I may be absolutely wrong and very confusing at this point and I do want to be able to understand this clearly. So by all means, correct me if I am wrong.


#520

I still think that we can share drives on forums, but the thing here is that Episode can’t decide how it is supposed to be, and what is forbidden within themselves. They just keep posting contradicting information and cause chaos, that is beyond annoying at this point.


#521

I’m guessing that Episode doesn’t want people to use episode edited backgrounds outside of Episode. So like taking the school hallway background and then making an edit and selling it. I feel like editors should make it so if a person wants to enter an editor’s drive they have to DM them saying that they want to use the backgrounds for Episode purposes. This might reduce the number of people stealing episode assets.

Or we could use @ViviOfficially’s idea of having background sharing only on the forums. On Instagram anyone can stumble across and editors linktree and take backgrounds but if they were to go on the Forums there would be more of a chance of them wanting to use those backgrounds for Episode purposes.


#522

@fcukforcookies
I’m literally over this whole Episode thing. I don’t really see any difference on sharing your Google drive on Episode forums but not share your Google drive publicly on Instagram to those who are part of the Episode Community. I feel like is still going to be the same statement as going forward of sharing your Backgrounds/ overlays on the Google drive for those to have access to it on the Episode forums if that make sense.

And @MoreTeaMustBeSpilled
I understand what you’re saying but then again, I feel like Episode will make that same statement of not publicly share your Google drive on Instagram but suppose they say the same on here as well.


#523

If you’re limiting us with backgrounds can you at least please release more that we can use without consequences and without breaking the TOS?

Also, Liz if you see this can you please answer my question from above? Thank you.