That's what I'm swaying on. Like maybe it would be alright if like they talked to the persona and they said sure they'd give back the design for a refund if they werent using, but other than that a species owner should not be allowed to take back a design they sold.
when you sell a character you sell it. which means you sell the rights of the characters use to whoever buys it, even if they don't use it often or at all. i think about it this way, if i sold you say a treadmill and you never used it i can't confiscate it. you bought it, you can decide if you want to use that treadmill or not. I would have no right to take it from you for any reason and if i did it would be considered theft. it is the same with a character.
Yep thought about the same thing basically, I was reading up on some people who wanted their species to go to people who would use them and they wanted to take them back if they had not used it in a year. I had a hard time accepting and I do get their want to not have inactivity in their group, but purging the characters are wrong. Also they wanted to give like a refund, but still it's weird and sad to one day find out you dont own a character.
I've run into the whole if you don't use it it gets taken back but you don't get a refund. I have many character I haven't used yet and I would not be happy to find that it was taken from me since I do have plans for them and I have developed their personality and story and what not. Once you've sold the rights that's it, you don't own it anymore.