Bootlegged and counterfeit goods are not a new concept. For as long as high quality goods and artistic works have been produced, people have always wanted to own a copy — Whether through legitimate means or not.
I have written this article (and one like it, a few years ago) because I want to add my voice to those who are pro-artist.
This has been cross-posted to my BJD Tumblr blog and private Facebook page. I normally keep doll-related matters separate, but the respect for artists (or lack thereof) is something very close to my heart. Artists matter to me, and they deserve to be paid for their time and effort.
Oh my gosh. I know not all of you are into expensive toys, but these dolls are made by small, family-run businesses who take pride and care in what they do. The dolls are made in limited quantities. Every doll is a work of art. I have the highest respect for these artisans. The dolls are not only very pretty, but some clever engineering needs to go in to make them pose-able too.