SL Indentity & Theft
I have this thing were I really don't want to remake stuff I find in SL. This weekend someone accused me of copying my own belt. Yes, my own belt.. they saw a vendor in Roxee, and it was the same belt and I somehow copied it prim for prim, all the textures, the demo and :O! Even the vendor ad!!
I'm always shocked by the new levels of stupid I meet on SL.
That was the first time anyone has ever accused me of ripping someone off, as it should be since I don't rip people off. I will very contently remake in little prims something I see IRL. So no, I'm not always original, but I don't remake someone else's stuff from SL. It's not cool. Other designers deserve the same respect that I wish they would give me.
And that was my subtle plea not to rip me off. I wouldn't screw you over.
It's on my mind because it keeps happening, not just to me but to my friends. SL isn't always about making a buck, it can be about being an artist and making something unique.
Identity & Custom orders
Here is something weird I've encountered though, which involves customs. If you buy a custom anything from someone, isn't it kinda assumed that it's exclusive, unless the designer states that they will sell it? Otherwise it's like you're paying them and giving them good ideas. o_O
I have lotsa custom stuff (skins, tats, animations.) I love them, they make me feel like a special snowflake. I paid or art traded for them. Now because so many people bug me about them, I wonder how strong the constitution of the creators is not to sell them it.
:/ If I have an exclusive, it's done after the block party. If I made a custom item for a customer, it's put into the bank never to see the light of day. But people are really really needy, they throw money at you, they plead and beg...
I would be royally pissed if a designer sold something I commissioned from them. Once the act is done though, it's over. Identity goes poof. No sorries or monetary compensation fixes it, you are stuck with having to rebuild again (and of course black list that person forever!! :O)
But then again.. if someone offered me 2 million dollars for a tasty for the sadist... >_>
I'm just rambling. Sometimes I think that people aren't as noble as I wished they'd be. O_<