Secondlife is a wonderful place to see the amazing talented and creative designs dreamed up by hard working people. But it is also a place for a shameful crime, that of copybotting, it is not a new issue and LL seems to be no further able to / interested in ( not sure which applies) protecting designers who have clear proof of ownership of their designs. When mesh came out in a flurry and templates became available it was simple for some creators to recolour or drop on a new texture and while there is nothing wrong with that ( provided all legalities have been followed when they purchased and resold template items) it soon became motivation for some designers to challenge themselves to create very unique pieces. A real bonus for the buyer right! For the designer their attention to details and their styles would see them gain recognition and a following, but sometimes this brings about negative attention in the form of people trying to ‘rip’ copies of the work and claim it as their own with little or no change!
Copybotting is not limited to clothing, almost everything I can think of in SL, has had some attention from people who would steal from those who work hard to achieve success. Hair, skins, shapes, clothing.. very little is safe. Currently the owners of the original are responsible for taking the steps to get this wrong addressed, some of these have reached early legal proceedings whilst others have faded away- the original designer included.
The gorgeous gown in my post is by Kiddo Oh owner of Dead Dollz, and she has clearly stated her situation here : http://dead-dollz.com/?p=396. Basically her gown has been copied but she’s not going to sit back and let them take from her- she has made the gorgeous Cosette gown in black available at her mainstore for a tiny 1L. Let’s get behind her and show our support PLUS enjoy an absolutely stunning gown. [I will make a note here to let you know that in my picture I used coloured lighting giving a slight pinkish hue whilst the gown is actually black detailed with silvery white].
An important way to fight against illegal use of designers work is to shop smart, buy directly from the store or the store’s marketplace. Be aware of suspiciously low priced items especially in almost empty stores/ marketplace stores. If you are suspicious about an item and can recognise the genuine owner contact them via notecard with details and let them handle it, avoid spreading the word about a copybotter for not everyone will resist the lure of a cheap knockoff. But we need to! We need to support the designers who keep bringing their passion and dedication to enrich our SL lives.
Norena Soir , Owner of NSP Florals, has branched out to include a new range titled [MUSE] allowing her to explore “many fields such as Couture (high fashion) for both men and women” so expect to see lots of unisex modern and adventurous pieces to enhance your wardrobes. This range will be available within her mainstore so make sure you explore both sections when you stop in to collect your NSP group gift. However at the moment you will need to take a detour to Genre to collect this stunning headpiece ( available in a range of colours). Look for SLurls below.
Shopping at well organised events such as Genre is one way to be sure you are getting a genuine bargain from the real creator. Then you can wear your items with pride, knowing you that you are supporting someone who is passionate about sharing THEIR own work with us all.
Skin: Rose – Pearl 04 D, -Glam Affair -
Hair: Selma, CATWA
Eyes: Lucid Eyes – Black, IKON
Makeup:Intense Lips – Tintable 1, [THD] – The Hellish Diva
Gown: Cosette Black, Dead Dollz
Accessories: Apocalypse Bride (Smoked Wine), [MUSE] ( @ Genre) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Analog%20Dog%20Hair/31/234/3161
Devastation Collar [Rigged-XXS-M]://Princess – retinted :[P]:
Norath “Scepter of Deceit”, !dM ( @ FGC)
Extras: Slink casual hands with Opera gloves plum, AE
Poses: Poet’s Heart
SLurl to NSP Florals/ [MUSE]: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Never%20Again/141/160/1502
SLurl to NSP Florals @ Jewels Isle: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jewels%20Isle/147/216/24