Have you ever had a situation where you create a character/story/premise in a fanfic (or concepts for a fanfic), only for some time later (whether it be days to a few years later), an officially licensed work ends up featuring very similar elements to your fic? Especially when the fic question isn't that particularly well-known? What sparked this idea for a thread: When we were presented with more info on the The Old Republic expansion, "Knights of the Fallen Empire" following its trailer at E3 2015, I caught some similarities between a fanfic I'm writing (considering it's the only one I've ever written so far, it shouldn't be hard to figure out which one) and Fallen Empire's premise. As indicated by a message I got in my inbox, I'm not the only one who caught note of this and the sender even asked if I was on BioWare's writing team or they were "stealing" ideas (stealing is a legally subjective term when it comes to taking from fanfics). I don't work for BioWare nor have I ever, and I'm not quite sure whether they are intentionally borrowing ideas (if so, I'm somewhat flattered since it's gotten recognition from people who do official work for the franchise) or this conception was a coincidence. The similarities are as follows: - A hidden empire (detached from any of the known galactic powers) operating in the Unknown Regions with a supposedly immortal Emperor. - Said empire is probably being used for a greater purpose. - The Emperor also has a very similar name (specifically, the difference is that this emperor has three more letters attached to the end). Judging by what I've seen so far and what I already know for my own fic, there's some notable differences as well (and the person who gave me the message is also aware of this). Again, have you ever had a similar experience with your own fics?