No matter how polite an oppressor is in saying something oppressive, it is as painful as being screamed at or told to fuck off, worse even. It attacks a person through the entire group they’re from. It strikes at their self worth. Just cuz you can’t see how damaging it is doesn’t mean it isn’t. So…
All true, but sadly, I’m not sure how much good this is. Given what I’ve seen on the Internet lately, vast hordes of people are convinced that nothing can possibly be true if they can’t see it. Something isn’t racist unless they felt it was racist at first glance. Something isn’t offensive unless they personally were offended by it. There is a huge discounting of what other people think, simply because it isn’t as first-hand as one’s own experience.
It’s like they’ve taken the idea that nothing can be funny if it has to be explained, and applied it to racism, sexism, and other bigotry.
First and foremost, trying to get all the rights to the songs and costumes would be a nightmare and a money drain for the project. Second, it’s not going to earn that much money as the people who really want to play it already have it since the psp isn’t region locked and the game…
Well, we ought to remember that there are vast hordes of Americans who freak out at the slightest appearance of foreign text, despite playing video games that were conceived of in Asia. Of course they aren’t a preexisting player base, but in order for them to even be a potential player base, localization has to happen.
I’m not saying it economically makes sense here, just that the suggestion might not be entirely without basis.
My heart sank a little bit. The World/United States of Love line that I created is one of the reasons that I was able to quit my full-time job. They even stole the item…
Until we have a regulatory system that proactively and aggressively pursues this kind of thing, we are going to see more and more artists ruined when large, corporate entities rip them off. It’s a failing of the present legal system that getting into court and having your case heard takes a lot of time and money. Big companies know this, and many are quite happy to exploit the economics of the situation.
Of course, the workings of Urban Outfitters are not transparent to us. It could be that one of their own in-house artists ripped the design off, and passed it off as his/her own while assuring the company that it was original. On the other hand, it’s possible they will claim that scenario and name a fall guy just to keep the company safe. The truth may be impossible to get at now that things have reached this point, but it is far from the first time UO has had this problem, so it’s reasonable to assume that at the very least, they keep hiring people who rip artists off.
Hmm. The only person I know of to regularly make use of this power wound up failing out her last semester of high school. Eventually she wound up a stripper and drug addict. So, uh, be careful what you wish for, folks.