I hope everyone has wonderful plans for Valentine’s day tomorrow! And I’m glad to see that my heart-shaped egg article is going around the world to spread LOVE! Derek and I celebrated it a day earlier by playing the Mass Effect 3 demo because we snatched an early code. We are so psyched for Mass Effect 3!
I was going to make a quick “Hey we’re done moving!” post so I could start blogging about food again but I’d like to talk about something a bit more serious before I get into that.
Recently, I was told that someone made a plush of a certain video game character which I previously made for my dear friend. I thought “oh cool” and checked out this person’s Deviant Art page. That’s when I went “Hmm…”
It was EXACTLY THE SAME DESIGN.
I worked SUPER HARD to simplify the design of the very complicated costume on this plush, so I could tell when the design was EXACTLY THE SAME when I saw it. But I thought, hey, it’s fan art, and this person did actually make it. It’s not like they stole my photos. I should be flattered, right??? But surprise surprise!
This person is making it and SELLING IT on Etsy.
Now here’s the tricky part.
I do not own the rights to the character, so I cannot claim copyright infringement for the person’s stuff on Etsy. And even though I designed the patterns, this person did have to figure everything out from looking at the each photo my flickr site, which was tedious I’m sure… so kudos to that!
But putting it on Etsy? Seriously?
This almost makes me want to NOT put tons of detailed photos of my plushes anymore…
Personally, whether this person makes a profit or not doesn’t concern me at all. I’m a professional plush designer now and have the utmost respect for the craft of fellow artists. I would NEVER sell plushes of copyrighted characters on Etsy.
BUT the problem is that this person’s plush is almost IDENTICAL to mine, and I just NEVER want other people to associate me with this person. I thought I was crazy so I asked my friends to look at it and they confirmed that I’m not crazy.
If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll probably notice which plush I’m talking about if you see it on Etsy. I don’t want to put a link to the page here, but I did send the person a link to this post. I really hope the person reads it and realizes something… Or maybe they won’t. (which can be very possible)
I’m usually a happy-go-lucky/pleasant-cute-thing-loving person but when I see something that’s not fair, I’ll say something and make sure the other side hears it too.
If the person in question wants to discuss the matter with me via email, explaining how I’m wrong, feel free to do so.
My email is annathered(at)gmail.com
Wow, did I sound bitter?
*reading my blog again*
Did I have to make such a huge deal about this?
*reading my blog AGAIN*
I despise people who don’t understand the value of creativity. I’m also just fed up the fact that Etsy doesn’t regulate their contents at all.
tl;dr I despise people who don’t understand the value of creativity.
BUT I really DO appreciate people who are purely inspired to make creative food or plushes for their own enjoyment after seeing it on my blog. So don’t be scared and send me your food/plush to me at annathered(at)gmail.com !
Here’s a little update.
I did send the person (henceforth referred to as “them”) a mail via Etsy yesterday. But I decided to email them just in case they don’t check their Etsy account often. As I was typing their email address I saw on the Deviant Art page, it auto-completed.
“Hm?” I thought.
I searched through my old emails and lo and behold. They had previously emailed me asking about some basic stuff about making plushes. And I had replied them with some advice.
This made me sick.
I was doing it out of kindness. I’ve helped many people with their plush projects via emails. And this is what I get.
And if they read my blog, it should be crystal clear that I am extremely against selling a plush of copyrighted character, no matter how much people beg.
I have no idea what they think of this post since they haven’t gotten back to me yet.
I often hear fan art sellers say “But there are people who really want this thing. And the copyright holder will never make it. So why can’t I make it? And while I’m at it, why not get compensated for it? I did do the work for it.”
If someone thinks that way, they can never understand how I feel no matter how much I try to explain.
By the way, to make things clear I’m not against fan art. I’m all for fan art! Just think of/like the original creators when you make it.
Well, not really an update. But while we we’re on the subject, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite websites which points out people ripping off other people’s work. (too bad that it hasn’t updated in a while.)