L@go, on 14 September 2011 - 02:33 AM, said:
Sorry for digging this up, but I just wanted to let you know that I sent Jamie Berard a PM about the seller trying to profit from his Town Hall design, and he answered me today. He was frustrated to see the eBay page - not so much because the seller has tried to recreate his building, but because he's trying to make money from it, not even bothering to snap new pictures.
He also told me that he'd forwarded the link to TLC's legal department. Which is probably a bit worrying for the seller, as Mr. Berard designed the Town Hall as a Lego employee, thereby making it the company's design, I assume...
Naturally, being a responsible Eurobricker, I've asked if he could offer us just a tiny little hint as to what we can expect from the next modular, or even when it'll be out. I'm not really expecting him to answer that, though, but it would be stupid not to ask :)
Hate bringing it up again, but it looks like he has added (stole) some other builders designs. He blatantly copied all of this brickshelf users photos:
If anyone here knows this guy, give him a heads up if he doesn't already know. He also is on that legostein website
Here is the eBay listing:
There are plenty of ligit sellers on eBay doing LEGO instructions, including members here, but this is pathetic. All of the others are still there for purchase, the wax museum, Town Hall, Spanish Grocer, etc. Not only do I feel bad for the designers, I feel bad for the people purchasing them. I'm sure most of them never end up building these anyways, as the cost and difficulty of getting all the pieces will probably turn them off once they realize this is not going to be a nicely packaged $150 LEGO modular. Nicely shot photos are a world away from actually buying all the pieces, I'm sure most of these folks aren't Bricklink users and/or have a nicely organized brick collection. They probably have a few official modulars and think this will be an easy way to add to their collection. Worst case is I see a lot of these purchases done by parents of younger LEGO enthusiasts who see this on eBay and get their parents to buy the instructions, only to find the cost and difficulty of actually doing it will more than likely end up in a disappointed child.
Sorry for the Christmas rant, but I saw these instructions today and it just grinds my gears.
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!