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  • in reply to: My needle felt progress! #1669104
    Tally Mark
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      I love that numbat! I haven’t needle felted in years but I remember what a labor of love it is, these are wonderful.

      in reply to: What are your squeaks? Tell Melody here!! (part 2) #1668529
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        I would love a restock of more dragons in the stone color…I adore it.

        Also gothic unicorns…I’ve always wanted one.

        in reply to: What is your most coveted sculpt? #773244
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          I would say peacock old warrior, but my mother got me one…so a peacock emperor. I’ve wanted that one for years, particularly in peacock. Though, one of those cinammon paint jobs would be lovely…

          in reply to: 2009 has been a bad year #773125
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            My beloved calico Emma died suddenly two months ago, my eldest cat Miriah went deaf and blind, and my kitten Sofie is terminally ill with an incurable heart defect. Yes. It has been a horrific year.

            in reply to: Long haired flapcats #771829
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              Persian flapcats…? *hopeful look*

              in reply to: Garden Dragon #771972
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                Oh, I would really love to know about this one too. I’m trying this year to find an apartment with some sort of yard! A dragon would be just perfect for it.

                in reply to: where'd it go??? #755873
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                  KoishiiKitty wrote:

                  I can’t help but wonder if, because of the fact that this is the Windstone site, that it has developed the thinking to look at a piece of art, especially when posted on here, and wonder first,” does that look like windstone. could this person be infringing on windstone.” instead of really trying to look at the art for what it is first. And then of course when you have people saying,” it kinda reminds me of windstone..” well, it is not fun.

                  That’s actually an interesting perspective. It might actually be true that because we’re on a windstone site, we’re already looking at things through “Windstone colored glasses” so to speak…that is, we’re viewing things in terms of how much they resemble windstone, way more than we would on a site that was totally unrelated to Windstone.

                  I was reading through another thread this discussion has spread to (Koishiis), and found an interesting point by Nambroth–that Windstone is really a small company eking out a living amongst great big companies. I hadn’t really thought of it way. See, from our perspective…Windstone is huge. They have a factory. I have a box of clay on my desk. ^_~ So, to us, you’re a great big scary entity…and the thought of a lawyer coming my way makes me feel kind of hopeless, because there’s no way I’d afford a lawyer at all. I wouldn’t stand a chance. It’s all a matter of perspective I guess. what it seems like is the trouble is while Windstone fights to hold its own against the big guys, us yet-littler guys end up cowering in fear of it.

                  Also, I can’t speak for everyone, but well…I suspect that the “Trade dress” is what stings the most, just from what I’ve observed of late (shameful lurker that I am). Because if I come up with something totally on my own, but somebody ends up thinking it looks like windstone…I could get told no, I can’t use that any more. And it’s natural for artists to then get defensive over their ideas (because lets face it, people come up with overlapping ideas in art all the time, but they’re still *our* ideas). But more than that, it feels a little…stifling. The trade dress thing is so complicated and indefinable, it’s impossible to tell if you’re treading on toes until you’ve already done it, unless you leave a gigantic swath of creative space untapped (eg, “will I get in trouble for using wedge shaped heads or fancy paint jobs? I guess I should use neither…”).

                  Anyway, I’m really not trying to criticize–I think I can see better now where you’re coming from. It doesn’t seem like there’s an easy answer–windstone must protect itself. but independent artists (feeling hopeless and defenseless in the face of windstone’s mighty wrath ^_~ ) will naturally feel hurt about it.

                  So um…okay, i’m done rambling. ^_^;;

                  in reply to: Ethics question #755522
                  Tally Mark
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                    Think of it this way: you’ll do more good in the petstore than jobless. You can at least save some of the fish by informing people about their proper care, and while you won’t sway everyone, every person you win over is a victory. But if you lose your job then not only do you have no money, but they’ll hire somebody else who likely doesn’t give a damn about fish and won’t even try to help them. Maybe you can’t save them all, but you can save some of them, as opposed to none of them.

                    But I agree with you. Fish are sorely mistreated–they are not and should not be treated like disposable animals. I work in a lab, and lord, you don’t see nearly the same kind of regulations for fish that you do for mammals. Nobody really cares about them. But I’ve had goldies for years (sadly, they are in an undersized tank at the moment due to landlord restrictions, but I keep their water clean and aerated and will upgrade when I can), and damn if they don’t have personalities.

                    in reply to: where'd it go??? #755870
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                      Jennifer wrote:

                      Drag0n:

                      I only know of two artists here that have had any problems– am I missing something? o_o There are tens of thousands of artists out there, and even within Windstone’s niche (fantasy collectibles) there is a ton of stuff out there that Windstone doesn’t have a problem with.

                      Terms like “all these artists” are confusing me. Maybe you can PM me?

                      I know that only a few people have actually run into problems, but, well…I think the trouble is that a lot of us are scared that we will. I know that it’s made me hesitant to post my artwork here…because I’ve gotten comments elsewhere that it “reminds people of Windstone” (which used to make me preen, but now just makes me cringe–it’s both a wonderful compliment and a death blow at once). The similarities are entirely coincidental, and half the time I can’t see them at all…but what seems to matter is if other people see them. When I see people whose work reminds me even less of Windstone than my own get into legal tangles, I’m honestly terrified. I probably haven’t gotten into any trouble yet simply because I don’t sell, but I worry that if I did (and…well, I could really use the money…) there’d be a lawyer at my door.

                      I understand that Windstone needs to protect itself, it’s just that protecting itself from companies is one thing…protecting itself from individual artists is something different. Of course you don’t want Harmony Kingdom posting their wares…they’re a competing company. But is somebody with some clay and a bucket of hydrostone in their basement really a competing company? (presumably, if one of us ever actually inherits a factory, common courtesy dictates we make our own forum and leave ^_~ ).

                      But, on the other hand I do understand that thats an awfully complicated line to try to draw. 🙁

                      in reply to: Synesthesia #751714
                      Tally Mark
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                        Hah, numbers always have colors for me too! It’s a little weird when reading numbers that are printed in color and they aren’t the “right” color for that number. Words sometimes take on color too though I notice it less.

                        in reply to: Feather Heart Creations Art Thread~Update 2/12/09 #751232
                        Tally Mark
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                          And I know where the asian dragon sculptors copied their scales from. ^_~

                          http://theartofnature.org/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/fish-scales-01.gif

                          Really, scales are just about the least copyrightable of all designs…because scales of all kinds are found in nature! 🙂 Particular and unique scale layouts, now that’s different…but scales are scales. It doesn’t even count as ‘copying’ because you’re trying to make a creature look realistic…best way to do it is draw from nature.

                          Lovely scales on that dragon btw, lol.

                          in reply to: January Raffle? #749407
                          Tally Mark
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                            An emperor??? *swoons* I have always longed for an emperor…just couldn’t afford it. I can’t wait to see what it looks like!

                            in reply to: Arthritis help for dogs #749046
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                              Is there any information on whether this is helpful for cats? (at a reduced dosage). My cat has arthritis and takes cosequin, but her arthritis still acts up painfully. But I am hesitant to try anything untested–it can be a very bad idea to give people drugs to animals (obviously, in this case it seems to be working for dogs…but I don’t want to be the first person to test it on a cat!)

                              in reply to: Do you get tired? #747006
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                                The emus sound hilarious! I can just imagine them running around after llamas…I’d love to see you sculpt an emu, heh heh. ^_^ (hey, no wings at least! Mostly, anyways…).

                                in reply to: December's raffle #745737
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                                  That lap dragon is gorgeous. I think it’s my favorite color on that sculpt…must enter!

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