By now anyone who reads this blog or knows me in-world knows this story already, but I’ve received several IMs from people who say that when they went to look, Ugur was not selling a copybot copy of the Wave Katana like I claimed.
When I told Ugur Tunwarm that I had reported him to Linden Lab, within an hour he had removed his profile from search, had uploaded a new version of his infringing product without the sword, and had replaced all of his in-world and XStreetSL vendors. My best guess is that he did all of this in an effort to appear innocent.
Fortunately for me, I had purchased a copy of this stolen content prior to informing him that he had been caught, so I’ve got plenty of concrete evidence of his theft.
Interestingly enough, he had actually purchased a Wave Katana from me some months prior to me discovering his theft, and according to the C:SI combat database, he’s even used it in duels several times. In light of this, it would be hard to argue that he was unaware of selling stolen content, since as an owner of the Wave Katana he was quite clearly aware of and familiar with the original product.
Below is a picture of the "product", along with the katana from that product. The XStreetSL product listing at that point described the swords as "Demo Katana", probably because CopyBot cannot steal scripts, so he had to sell an unscripted version. (Click to enlarge):
Here’s a close-up of the sword itself, notice the distinctive same texture and the menuki (Click to enlarge):
Compare that to this picture of the Wave Katana:
And another picture of the Wave Katana from a slightly different angle:
Ugur Tunwarm has made a few of the textures solid black, but there can be absolutely no question that it’s the same weapon.
Apparently Ugur Tunwarm used an alt as his copybot to copy my sword. If the above pictures weren’t damning enough evidence, inspecting the object shows that every prim in the sword contains the same name as the prims in the Wave Katana :
Even the object’s Description property is unchanged. The number 1 in the object’s description comes from the fact that the Wave Katana scripts will use the Description property to pass state data between scripts:
I could go on, but I’m not sure I see the point. I can obviously prove quite conclusively that Ugur Tunwarm is a thief, and I still own the infringing product if anyone ever needs concrete proof that they can see with their own eyes.
Hopefully this will explain why people who go to see the stolen content after the fact will see something that might appear to be innocent now, but was at one fact selling stolen content.
Welcome to Google, Ugur Tunwarm. Linden Lab may not want to protect it’s upstanding content creators, but I can still demonstrate to the world what a thieving slimebag you are.