I’ve been in-dated with IM’s recently regarding Tig’s new product the AT-802 Air Tractor.
Tig is better known for her Helicopters so Spijkers and Wingtips branded Airplanes are something of a rarity and often highly anticipated. Having teased everyone for months sitting in the corner at HLT Airfield in Honah Lee Trudeau the final announcement of it’s completion and public release at the (moderately cheap) price of L$ 1,700 got everyone so excited we briefly forgot that we all hate each other.
Unless of course you’re Me or any one of the “Anti-Dani group” in which case the very day this was made available for sale we started to receive weird trolly messages concerning why Dani planes weren’t allowed at certain airports which always ended with “But Tig downloads so why can’t Dani?”. Soon those messages grew in number, a crowd became a storm and a storm became a flood which brings us to today.
Last night I received 20 IM’s from people all with accusations that Tig was a downloader. Most had empty threats but almost all of them had the same proof. The same link to the same website and the same images.
The thing is this was not news to me. I was already very much aware of this website and this specific model and, with help from several others in the “anti-Dani camp” we were able to confirm that Tig’s AT-802 and the 802 shown on this website share the same wireframe components. Essentially Tig’s AT-802 is downloaded and this would seem to be the source. So Tig’s a hypocrite, banning discussion of users who download models while using one herself an open and shut case right? Of course not, read on dear reader for there is more to this story than most people would like you to know.
The amount of attention this story has been trying to get has raised some interesting issues of it’s own. Aside from the excessive amount of IM’s I’ve received regarding this several “blogs” have also been created with the “Hypocrisy of SL Builders” as their only intended story and there is now a group in SL that has been created with the specific goal of giving this story as much attention as physically possible and my own blogs Spam filter has been going crazy as an ever increasing number of people attempt to post the exact same copy-paste comment highlighting Tig’s “Hippocratic” behaviour.
Tig herself has been IM’d by numerous interested parties with threats, all demanding Tig “do something” or else they will go public with this story, blackmail essentially, quite a serious crime and not something experienced by anyone else accused of downloading which, aside from flipping the “hyipocrosy” accusation on it’s head does leave us with one question:
Since most of these actions seemed to come from obvious Dani Supporters I would like to know what exactly is their point in aggressively exposing Tig like this?
Does Dani download and essentially use copybotting to create his products and that’s ok because others also do it?
Is downloading wrong and those who do it should be punished?
Keep in mind these two statements contradict each other and you cannot agree to both. And can we please have no more “Oh I don’t care what I fly and this is all stupid LOL” comments please, if you took time out to read this article and comment then you DO care and therefore you are lying to me and I don’t appreciate it.
If you genuinely don’t care then here is Starbuckk Serapis’s review of Carollynn85’s PC-6. Released 26th of December to which this whole drama is rather overshadowing.
The other question regarding this is why wait till now? The AT-802 has been on display for several months, wireframes and all, in public at Honah Lee Trudeau. Yet instead of immediately exposing this, it would seem that whoever first found the AT-802 displayed on the webpage above specifically waited until the aircraft had gone up for sale then released the information to the public, specifically to a group of people who would make the most noise and create the most drama over it.
Add to that the threats and from a different perspective this would almost seem like an attempt at character assassination. Upon hearing that the product she was selling was a download Tig was horrified. Her initial reaction was to immediately pull the item from sale and tender her resignation as group owner to the SL Aviation Group and I cannot help but shake the feeling that this is perhaps what the long term goal of this entire thing was.
Tig after all has caved to public pressure before, back when she had a CFM server covered here and again prior to that when she quickly changed her mind over the banning of “Dani Downloads” as a topic for discussion in the SL Aviation group. It would seem, in my opinion, that someone is once again attempting to force Tig into changing her mind on something through means of harassment and threatening behaviour.
So it would be fairly reasonable to assume that this person would be pretty embarrassed, considering the amount of trouble they have gone through to blow this story out of proportion, if it turned out that Tig’s AT-802 was in fact NOT downloaded.
Well. Trust Tig to go and spoil the big reveal.
AT802 Model and Confusion
I recently receive an IM from TrinetyLegon that the AT802 model was the same as from a free model sharing website (http://www.sharecg.com/v/74568), showing me two pictures (AT802 S&W Model version 1 and 2) as evidence.
I talked to Sylvira about it and we both were genuinely shocked and immediately went to work to replace the model with a new update 2.0 that in the end turned out better than the original with less Li.
In short Syl received the model from a friend saying she could use it without any implications.
The model was in a poor state, so Syl only took the main fuselage (including the glass), water tank and floats.
Cut them in half cleaned up the model and re-mapped and textured it.
Both Sylvira and myself made a huge mistake and we immediately sought to correct this huge blunder.
We worked day and night to replace the model and update it with version 2.
Anyone is of course invited to view and compare the new model at my store in Second Life
I’ve also given TrinetyLegon my email address so she can pass this on to the original creator to contact me for my sincere apologies.
Yeah. For those not in the know Tig does none of her own building, she hires third party contractors to do most of it for her then does the scripting. Her friend Sylvira was handed an unfinished AT-802 model by a friend and told she could use it. So they finished it off only to find her Sly’s friend had got it off someone else who had finally finished the model and put it up for sale.
Realising their mistake they quickly removed the offending parts, re-did most of the model and updated the Aircraft. The 2.0 version no longer uses any copyrighted parts from the ShareCG model and is, to my satisfaction, an original model.
And that’s it, an honest mistake, a simple fix and an apology from Tig. No conspiracy, no hypocrisy, no back room dealings in dimly lit area’s where everyone smokes. Just a bunch of idiots who thought they had the opportunity to finally kill off Tig Spikers and leapt into the fire a little too quickly.
Of course I assume all the blogs that were set-up to make sure this story went public will be updated to reflect the new information presented here and will do their best to hunt down and expose those people who do sell ripped products and are not so apologetic about it.
Somehow I doubt it.