Filipino comic book creator RH Quilantang has posted something on his site that I feel I want to comment on. Apparently, someone had all but swiped his character “Manila Man” and he’s trying to spread the word. I feel that I need to help because the guy doing the swiping seems to have some kind of connections that allow him to pitch swiped characters to movie outfits. The guy also seems to have something on Kickstarter to try and get backers for his project. No backers yet and I hope it stays that way.
Here’s RH himself where he talks at length about the issue: http://rhiver.deviantart.com/journal/43771969/
In the comments thread in Facebook, Gilbert Monsanto says this is not the first time this guy has tried to swipe something in this manner.
I think by this time people should be smart enough not to swipe stuff, specially now in the age of the Internet. Nobody can get away with something like this for long. You just can’t. And creators themselves need to be vigilant in protecting their creations. This is one of those times.