Have you ever worked so hard on something that when you were finished you got that thrill of excitement from making something you know was amazing? Most of us have… Now consider how you might feel if someone came along and took it from you to turn around and claim they made it themselves, then even to sell it gaining profit from your hard work…Your time… Your heart. I believe we all can imagine how horrible it would feel to have this done to us. Finally, let’s all consider seeking help to fix the issue and the process to correct it is so slow and sluggish it feels almost hopeless to even try to fight for what is ours. What could we do? Where do we go from here? These are all feelings and questions that so many of our content creators and designers are having right now. Copybotting has always been an issue in SL but as of lately the rise of it is just sickening. I feel like we should do something. Not just sit on our hands and watch as these amazingly talented people have this happen to them. What I would like to do is get people to remind everyone who makes any type of purchase on the marketplace or inworld to check and make sure they are purchasing the items from the legit creator/designer. This will help thwart the botters as they will find the effort they put into stealing will not be worth it.
You might think when you are purchasing from an obvious copybotter that you’re getting a great deal. Well there is a flaw in that theory as many copybotters send you empty boxes… So there goes your money to get nothing in return… Great discount right? Also, you need to remember that when the thieves are caught up with if you did actually receive the product, it will end up being removed from the servers thus will disappear from your inventory. Still thinking this discount was worth it? People who knowingly purchase botted items are just as bad if not worse than the thieves themselves. Think of how you would feel if it was being done to you before you hit that ad to cart or buy now button.
How do we spot a copybotted product? Well if you know the various brands are sold by a certain person and now you see it being sold in a different shop under a different name… Contact the actual creator you know for sure made that product because more than likely you just found a copybotter. Look at the marketplace shop. If there are items from several brands being sold that are not gacha items at deep discounts etc. You have just found a copybotter. Lots of the copybot marketplace shops have odd names and/or FULLPERM PROMO or some variation of that in the name. They are even so shady to make the name just slightly different than a brand they have stolen. So please pay close attention. Should you find copybotted items the best thing you can do is flag the item so LL sees that something is up and contact the original creator immediately as they may not be aware that it has happened.
Please spread awareness and show support to the amazing people who bring us to life with their beautiful creations. I think if we all stand together we can make a difference and stifle them before they get much further.
Note to the creators/designers: There are more of us who love you and will support you than not. Please don’t give up and please keep being amazing! ♥♥
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