Good job, Fairyland! You’re totally setting a standard for your fans and fans of recasts to follow! /s
Pic 1 from Steampunk Tendencies page: https://www.facebook.com/SteampunkTendencies/photos/a.335724989875207.81750.335452449902461/637032253077811/?type=1&comment_id=637421646372205¬if_t=comment_mention
Pic of doll from: http://dollfairyland.com/shop/step1.php?number=1126
Pic 2 from the artist’s flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kruki99/sets/72157636409523516/
If FL wants to stick up for artist’s rights then they need to set a better example.
PART 2: http://pristine-nightmare.tumblr.com/post/92774782931/good-job-fairyland-part-2-the-whaling
Okay, I really do try to keep my blog controversy free (key word: TRY), but this just really pisses me off. Like, how fucking dare you, Fairyland? After positioning yourselves as champions of Artists in the recast debate, you pull a lower blow than counterfeit by attempting to pass someone else’s work as your own.
You might be saying “Alek, you’re recast-friendly, you have no right to be mad about this!”
Actually, I do. See, I can actually acknowledge that different people have different priorities for what they feel strongly about. I understand if you feel personally against recast dolls but not against knock-off luxury watches or bootleg DVDs— even though a luxury watch is just as much an artisan item as a BJD is.
This is not a justification or defense of recasts. This is a condemnation of this form or art theft and a rant about why you should care and why you should be outraged.
And the thing is, with knock offs, you know it’s a knock-off. You know you’re paying for a lesser quality item and are fully aware of where to get one legit should you finally decide it’s worth the amount.
But this kind of copyright infringement, I believe, is far more dangerous/insulting to an artist. In addition to making money off a design that isn’t yours, but you are attempting to pass it off as if it is your own creation and would have continued to keep doing so if you were not caught!
For a popular company like Fairyland to pull something like this is sickening and laughably hypocritical.
If you are pro-artist, this should enrage you. If recasts steal profit, this steals credit for the work on top of profit. You cannot seriously be pro-artist and vehemently anti-recast if you purchase this or condone purchasing this.
Fairyland should compensate the man completely for this. Not just ‘credit’. Monetarily. It doesn’t matter if it was just a prop and not the doll itself. They intend to sell it, they should pay up.