Rules Around Using Episode Art Assets and Community Edits

People getting free access to backgrounds and overlays for years…

Why r u unhappy?


Yeah, and they actually follow backgrounds editors, like literally people who only edit backgrounds and share them in their drive, some of them don’t even have stories, there’s no other reason why they follow them.

Quite funny lol


I think they follow them to keep track of them, so if the editors start doing commissions for the backgrounds episode would know.


Right! Like you knew what was going on the whole time episode…


I’m just confused, and trying to understand, why episode let it continue for so long if this has always been against the guidelines. Like, why not enforce it from the start?

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The background commission thing is very new, they followed a lot of editors before it was even a thing.


They were there right from the start. But I assume it wasn’t that big of a problem. Maybe they found people using these assets outside the Episode so decided to close this thing,


If the person isn’t profiting on their work, their help (sharing edited bgs and overlays) just brings the community together. I don’t get it.


what about the website
do they get to keep the backgrounds up on that website? because most of the backgrounds include episode assets…

(earlier comment was deleted lol)


This is wrong in so many ways, there are loads of us who can’t edit pictures and rely on others and their drives as there simply isn’t enough variation in the art catalog. Any picture I have used from a drive I have never paid for, I just give the artist credit, surely that’s allowed? And if it isn’t why don’t you upload all pictures from drives that use episode stuff so that we can use them or make more stuff yourselves and upload new backgrounds more often?


I know right, all the images I have gotten from drives have never been paid for, I just give credit. I don’t see an issue with that.


So, wait. Do we have to go through and remove all the hidden props too?

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unfortunately yes.

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Geez. What a mess


Our creativity is going to be stifled this way.
Episode was much more lenient and fair in the past, in my opinion, and I honestly feel the changes happened when INK came out.


I have experience on anything art related or editing so I’m not completely affected as a writer. Cause I can just whip out a new background for myself. But that’s going to make each process on doing each chapter more time consuming. But as writers I’m sure we want to finish each chapters as fast as we can for our readers. Coding takes centuries, so imagine adding the time to make backgrounds for certain scenes for your story. But I feel like the writers with little to no artistic/creative background are more likely to suffer more cause they can’t provide themselves backgrounds.


I’m sorry but that’s pretty dope. Kudos to that creator. Maybe if episode would’ve thought of this, she wouldn’t be making money off of it :woman_shrugging:t6: .

Reminds me of the Sims community. Do you know how many patreon accounts of Sims content creators exist? Many. Users tend to create better stuff than the actual company and you know what, the Sims company doesn’t mind that people are making money off altering their stuff and even creating animations and mods for their games. In fact they support content/mod creators and promote them and create events where they can gather and experience newly released stuff. That’s smart marketing because these content creators have huge followings, which in return boosts sales for the game.

The effect this is going to have on writers and content creators of Episode is sad. Where are users suppose to get backgrounds from that match the style of episode? Especially since I’m hearing from content creators that they can’t share their stuff with a mass amount of people even if it’s on Episodes platform. I hate reading a story with an episode character on a real life background. It’s an eyesore. And writing stories on Episode is already limiting due to the limit of animations, clothes and backgrounds. Now that content creators/editors can’t mass share their edits, it’s going to be even more limiting.

Y’all barely release backgrounds frequently enough for us not to seek it elsewhere and even resort to paying for it. Why not work with these creative people to make Episode a better experience for all users and to boost the amount of users via their following . Do background making contests, invite them over for a creators day, create programs or platforms that allows them to make backgrounds for Episode and Episode alone. For example, Sims have the build a world tool/program.

Rant ended.


It’s fine as long as it get’s approved. If it doesn’t get approved let Alexa.episode know. So that she can fix it. She just has to make the watermarks smaller or put them in a different place. That’s my understanding anyway.

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After I ragequit the forums & Instagram updates regarding this situation yesterday, I sought console in the Sims lol.

I agree completely.


I am a huge Sims player myself and I 100% agree.

Sims custom content creators never claimed complete credit for their work and often their work improved the games so much (I mean, Sims 3 modded is a dream).

If Episode applied these principles, they could get a better following. By stifling creators “creative” flair, they’re going to lose fans and money in return.

If this was applied like it is now, at the beginning, this issue wouldn’t even exist. They let it continue on for so long and now people have experienced custom backgrounds which makes normal backgrounds lack in comparison.

Rant over.