People LOVE a great idea, and when something new and different comes we all rush to scoop it up. The hope is that you have ingrained your product into their minds enough that YOUR product becomes the name for all others - think of Ziplock, Post Its, Xerox, you get what I mean.
It's different when you are an artist. This is your life, and many times, your livelihood. It's hard enough to reinvent the wheel, but when you do, most people can't run out and get a Patent, mainly because that shit takes a long time and it's expensive as fuck....but I digress..
You don't get a Patent... so the best thing you can do to protect your idea (and reputation) is to heavily document your progress because, as is often the case, someone will like what you are doing and want to do it themselves.
So, what happens? The Court Of Public Opinion convenes.
Well, court is definitely in session, my friends.
I stumbled over a post and had to do a double take.
Rafael Nuri, BiDoll, released images of her new torso featuring articulated shoulders on Sunday. The images were posted on social media and it didn't take long for Pasha to come across it and immediately become quite alarmed.
Ok, so I had to look further into all this. See, I have followed Pasha for many months and have watched her progression on this new doll. I, personally, have never seen a doll with highly articulated shoulders, and as a photographer that idea intrigues me greatly! I want my 'models' to be as flexible and natural as possible in posing so the thought of the shoulders finally being able to scrunch and lift is just stupendous.
When I asked Ms. Nuri about the new doll and the concept she sent me these, saying "Pasha just upset that her joint is not so cool like mine."
Are you fucking kidding me?
In the first image, She features one of her existing dolls next to the Pasha prototype. Clearly they are not copies or even inspired by the other, there is no comparison. It's not even the doll that is shown in the release. I have no idea why she is even trying to allude that the doll on the right is her new doll when it CLEARLY is not.
In the second image she shows a bit of her shoulder joint next to Pashas, and randomly, a Popovy doll. Not sure why Popovy was included, maybe just wanting to drag their name into it?
The picture below shows a crop shot of both joints.
The joints are slightly different. But - who came up with the concept first? Does it matter? Is it right?
Or...is it really shitty practice?
Now, a couple years ago, Rafael Nuri was accused of recasting and modifying a Dollstown DT18 body. You can read the whole thing HERE. It was then released that the sculptor of the DT18 body said that it was not a copy. Ok, so life goes on and she continues...but now THIS?
Is it just coincidence that copying issues are happening again?
So - what say you all? Same? Different? Shitty thing to do?
Pasha has shown every step of this doll for nearly a year. It is clearly her concept and design from the ground up. I find it odd and disturbing that Raphael just pops up, out of the blue, with this whole new unique design and then is so arrogant and flippant about it when confronted.
But - this is just MY opinion. I'll let the court decide for themselves.