Hello dear Friends,
I never stated any kind of political statement here, about anything. But the last events made me think about my own opinion and my “neutrality” I hid behind. If you wonder, where this thought or post is coming from, I would recommend to read Musumes blog first and also Puffypuffer on IG.
Basically the biggest recaster Luo in China claimed the rights of differend doll Company Trademarks, this includes their logos and names. So he could legally sell recasted Dolls under the name of the original Artist. Like I said, I will not go into the whole details, please visit Musume she put everything in a readable blog post.
But this made me think about myself.
I am and was always pro artist in this hobby, but what does this mean?
In short: all my dolls are legit!
But there is more behind that: The time I started the hobby I also looked for dolls on Aliexpress, but gladly I informed myself what these are before I bought a doll – so I never bought a recast. I can understand that it is at first tempting to buy a cheap doll, but the money you pay for a legit one is not only the doll – it is the work of the artist and your value of this work. Now after 4-5 years in the hobby I still value and respect the love every artist put in his or her work – that is for me #proartist. This is the reason I will always support the artists in this hobby, not the thief.
So yes I am pro artist and I say no to recasts, but does this stop with dolls?
I am thinking a lot about counterfeits I maybe have or use in my daily life. This hobby and my stand in this discussion made me think about other things: music, movies or clothes.
Is there really a difference?
You could say yes, because the movie industries for example are a billion dollar machine and nobody will get hurt, if I stream the movie…
But you could also say no, if it is respect and value that is important for yourself, do all the people who worked so hard for this film don’t deserve it?
I will not really answer this here… I think everyone has to choose what you want to stand for. It is just important to remember, that every decision has its consequences – like in the whole recasts situation…