“If it is a Miracle, any sort of evidence will answer, but if it is a Fact, proof is necessary” ~ Mark Twain
So yesterday afternoon I found out the Excinerator blog had made a new post.
As I had theorized in my first posting on the topic, the Hush skins and demos that appeared to contain Curio and League watermarks have been removed from Hush’s store. Anyone could have seen that coming. The interesting thing that I discovered when I went by her store today is that Hush has completely redesigned her system so that the demos are delivered by script. This way you can’t go to the vendors, view contents, and check the upload dates (although a little bird tells me you can do an area search for the delivery device on the SIM and check there). I was expecting that. After all, there really is no excuse for her to have re-uploaded all her skins.
What I wasn’t expecting was that Excinerator went a step further and provided the UUID and a script to view the old Hush Demo legs texture. So I went in world and tried it out on a 40×40 prim.
The red boxes indicate artifacts from other skins. All the red boxes on the left are the ones shown to line up with Curio watermarks. The rectangle in the lower right beneath the Hush *cough* trademark statement is where you can clearly see letters spelling out the first half of the word League. All this was known.
What I didn’t realize from the previous photos that had been provided to me was how sloppy this texture is and how clearly it demonstrates issues beyond the mere watermarks.
So, let’s talk about the area in the upper right. I’m not sure if the Excinerator person could see this at their previous resolution or if they just didn’t understand the significance of it, but the background does not line up. What should be a clean background layer is anything but.
This is a demo skin, so to avoid confusion, let me try and explain. There are many different sets of horizontal lines at work on this image. There should only be two:
* One set of blinds should be the bottommost layer — this would create a consistent watermark pattern beneath the other layers.
* The other set of blinds would be the topmost layer — added to make the demo skin undesirable enough that someone would be encouraged to buy the release version.
For anyone who knows how to use Photoshop (especially on the level that would be required to create a skin) this skin would be a single file on several layers. Highlights might be on one layer, shading on another, freckles on yet another, etc. But these layers are like panes of glass stacked atop one another creating a complete image when looked at from the top down. And at any time one of those layers could be removed to another file without the background lines. There is never any reason to cut and paste a section of a skin file with the background layer. Even if you were transplanting it to another file, you would do so with a transparent background.
But if you look in the upper right blue box, you see that someone has clearly copied and pasted so that the background pattern does not align. A professional creating a skin with this level of detail would have a uniform background. The only way you get those uneven lines up in the left is by Frankensteining different pieces from a separate source together and doing a lazy job of it.
Further if you look at the areas between the knees, you’ll notice an off-color fill. I’m wondering if this means that she didn’t actually know how to erase to a transparent background at the time and she thought coloring those areas in was the only way to hide the watermarks. No creator would ever put in a sloppy fill like that. There is simply no reason for it.
When these images were previously ent to me to look at outside of SL I didn’t really notice these other areas; I was focused on the watermarks. But it’s amazing what 40m and full bright will reveal.
It’s worth mentioning that since the Excinerator person uses SLU to get their information out, I was able to read a few people who felt this is an unethical step over the line. I can appreciate that point of view, but I don’t share it.
My reasoning for anyone who cares is this:
This is only a violation of TOS if the texture is, in fact, from Hush Darkrose. Many people have claimed the Excinerator images could have been faked. So this forces the question.
1. If theses images are fake, then there is no way of knowing if there is an actual TOS violation. Excinerator may have used Eloh Eliot skins for all we know. So if you believe this is a fake and this image is not pulling from a Hush Darkrose texture, it does not necessarily follow that it’s a TOS violation and you certainly can’t prove it without getting Linden Lab to verify the creator name on the texture.
2. If these images are what they are represented to be then they are clearly the work of someone who has appropriated unauthorized copies of League and Curio skins (as evidenced by the watermarks) and done a crappy cut and page job. No original creator would produce a texture that looked like this. This texture is the artistic equivalent of a ransom note with pieces cut from different sources and pasted to form a whole.
This texture comes from a demo and it is only one section of the three sections required to make a whole skin. Even if the other two pieces were available, it would still be a demo with lines all over it that no one would buy. There is no opportunity to steal or encourage others to use this texture as a product for profit.
And, let’s be practical. If justice prevails, this texture will be removed from the grid along with many others.
In the meantime, if you are the “I have to see it myself to believe it” type, I suggest making your own 40 meter wall of shame and looking closely.