Edit: What a twist! This design has been traced aaaall the way back to this legit vector design source. Fabulous! I apologize for this particular design mistakenly being labeled as ripped. However–this store still deals out other designs that I know no one could have possibly given them license to sell. The post and the message remains.
Is it seriously that hard to go pay some SL artist for a design, or offer to split profits with them? I found this gem replurked by another designer, and decided to do some digging. That design looked awfully professional…
And it turns out it’s a recolored design from Skreened. Seriously? You didn’t even try that hard.
Even as I pointed this out, the responses for this design were still all along the lines of “Dude lol imma buy dat” and “OMG AWESUM!!!”
Do artists in SL even need to make an effort to stay original in their designs, or what? It kind of seems like the general public doesn’t care when designs are not original for clothing.
At the same time, we like original mesh templates, and will turn up our nose if we find a designer using a legitimately-purchased template from someone like, I dunno. Meli Imako.
So–ripped art okay, legit-purchased mesh templates not okay? What’s going on here, SL? You can’t have your cake and eat it too.