This morning, I logged in to find out that I have been accused of content theft and intellectual property infringement over my brand new product line of hairstyles. An established fantasy-hair designer has declared that my work is too similar to his, and that I should remove them from my store.
I do not have many hairstyles yet, as I only released my first four hairstyles (after 6 weeks of work, hand-painting textures, etc) just the other day.
However, I’m quite dismayed; the other creator chose to launch a smear campaign against me without bothering to speak with me beforehand, via posting a notice to a high-membership update group.
I am asking you to form your own opinion rather than side with one creator or another based on reputation or who is the loudest about defending themselves. Similarities are going to happen in any circumstance, as there are only so many ways you can build a ponytail, or fasten french braids to a base.
The images in this post are the other creator’s hairstyles. Please refer to the earlier blog posts about my hair, or come visit my store to reference mine. Make your own decision, and choose to patronize the artist you wish to shop from. But do not harass either of us on the other’s behalf.
I am concerned and frustrated. The hate IMs have been coming at me non-stop since this morning when it started, and I am not going to take down product that I have worked long and hard on just because someone (who I see as a potential competitor) says I have stolen his art.
CaSimone Aquitaine produced a notecard of research for me to reuse freely for a reference in regards to these accusations.
Forgive the typos, but.. this is copy/pasted as-is.
As someone who wears Creates & wears Fantasy type hair styles in 1st more then even second… and wears them out in Public.. I know a little about them…
I “knew” I had seen things similar in first life to the similarities that were thrown upon Delora as “ideas” he thinks he had invented; such as the looped pony tails, seen in animes very often such as Princess Kakyuu and then sort of introduced to mainstream thru works of Raphael Isho and his weaving styles.
In her defense here are the follow links.. which in fact perhaps served as ?is direct inspiration? mmmm??
For his styles can be debated to be more close in resemblance to those on first link here, (First Row, One to far left and one to far right) then Delora’s are to his.
http://www.raphaelinternational.com/weaving.htm (just example of Hair loops, more can be found from Raphael Isho if one hunted)
As someone who creates hair myself.. I can confirm, that connecting a ponytail to a hair style in SL can only be done in a short number of ways, so to avoid it from cutting into the Avatars movements when they walk and sit, bend so forth.. no one can lay claim to a manner of connecting pony tails, which is shared amoung all designers.
My apologies for the long post. Hopefully this whole situation blows over soon.