Vialia is here…

28 08 2008
Vialia in black

Vialia in black

Meet Vialia – the newest outfit in the poc-collection. My basic idea was to take a stripof latex, start at the neck, tie it around the breasts, around the back, ending up between the legs…and there I stood a bit dumbfound, holding the two ends together and no idea where to fix them and close the outfit. I hope my solution was accepatble…

Vialia comes either as a single- or two-coloured set. The singlecoloured offers you two pieces, a very skimpy outfit jsut with the straps and one a bit more exposing, with some transparent latex covering a bit more of your body. The two-coloured outfit offers either and opaque combination of colours or one with transparent parts.

As with all poc-pieces you can combine it with your other poc-stuff – but due to the cut it might not always look good. Also, the reflections don´t match the ones of our male-latex-line. On the other hand, if you are a guy, you don´t want to wear this. Trust me. You don´t…

But everyone else will enjoy this I hope…

Kai Heideman…

Some thoughts about texture-theft

16 08 2008

From time to time this washes up: One designer claims another one used his textures or other creations. As the original designer has put a lot of work into it, he is understandabely angry, while the accused designer while deny it. Who wants to be caught cheating at a game?

First of all, this is not a game. Everything you sell in Second Life has a real-world value, no matter how small. And in RL cheating with money is a crime.

The next thing is: How do you prove it? It is easy shouting “Hey, he stole my work” because it looks similar. You need proof. With textures this is easy. Sadly it seems, most designers even don´t know how to do this. If you do a little research on the net you stumble upon some tools to rip textures. These tools are not illegal in any way. Using the ripped textures is illegal. So, we just go ahead and dump the OpenGL-texture memory. After browsing thru a load of files you will find the textures for your upper and lower body, in full 512×512 detail. If you were of a criminal inclination – there you go.

If you were working at CSI you now start your work, too. Let us take an example – someone tipped me about clothes being sold that looked very much like our own. So, I go ahead and buy them, wear them. Yes – this looks familiar. Different cut, some straps and rings added – but very familiar.

Next step – dump the textures and take a close look at them, compare them with my own. Here are a few steps how to do this:

1. Reduce saturation. We only want it in B/W.

2. Take your own texture, also make it B/W.

3. Make a new picture. Use the picture from 1 for the R and G channels, the one from 2 for the B channel. Everything that is WHITE in your picture now is identical in both textures, all BLUE are unique to the texture from step 2, all YELLOW ones are unique to the texture from step 1.

You can´t fool this method easily and it is a great help. Some thieves get a bit creative: You might need to mirror the front and the back part of the texture. With the case I was looking at they deleted parts of the reflections, too – as the thief doesn´t know why the latex looked good the way it does, she didn´t want to add any reflections. Anywhere there you have your new texture.

So, what to do? I am a nice guy, I try to talk to people. We had this from two designers now and I talked to them. Both took down their stuff, but now pieces are on sale again. You only get insults in the end. If you talk to other people, most don´t understand what you are talking about. In my opinion the only way is to get people to be aware of what is happening. That is why I made up this post. maybe some designers try to contact me – because I am at a miss how to prevent this stuff. A DMCA might work, but how to find every place the have put up their stuff for sale. You have to sue these people, but legally we are talking peanuts here.

Kai Heideman

PS – I was thinking about putting the names of the designers here and their stores. But on the other hand – that would only boost their traffic and maybe sales.

For the boys…

4 08 2008

We had quite a lot of requests for latex clothes specifically for men. Sure – some of our pieces can be worn be guys, but most of them don´t … well … fit. The first idea was to simply repack some of our clothes and put them up for sale for men – but that wouldn´t be poc-style. We try to give you the best products we can make. So it was back to the drawing board.

A male body is shaped differently from a female body, as we all know. But that also means that the reflections are different – and thats what makes latex look good: the reflections. So we have a complete new line of clothes for men with different reflections; they don´t match our existing clothes even if the differences seem minor. But it looks way more real. And a little EAT THIS to the people stealing our textures. There is a store using our reflection-pattern without permission and there the female reflections are sold for guys. How LAME. But this is a completely different matter, I might rant about later…but if anyone is interested in the facts, feel free to contact me.

Anyway – here is a picture of the stuff up for sale. We have for different sets: a catsuit, pants, tops and underpants, all priced very moderately.

poc male latex

poc male latex