I’m here to discuss a problem that we’ve seen overlooked and ignored for far too long. Something that’s been around for years and yet currently has absolutely no solution or fixes. I’m talking about clothing theft & plagiarism. Plagiarism by definition is the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own. In most real-world cases this can lead to massive lawsuits. If someone like myself steals another companies assets or game themes and profit from it (ex. Pokemon or Nintendo), they can contact Roblox or file for DMCA and have it taken down. That also goes for Builders like myself if our maps or games are exploited, we can request for the copied place to be taken down.
So then, why are we not seeing this done with stolen clothes? This isn’t even just a few people stealing the item… this is THOUSANDS of bots and users taken the original users design and reselling it as their own making the profit. The sheer amount of stolen clothes puts that original users design to the very back and takes away all of that persons profit.
It’s impossible to even find the original designers items anymore. It’s flooded with thousands and thousands of copies.
So, why not just report it or file to have it removed? Well, because ‘it doesn’t break the rules’.
This is destroying an entire section of the Roblox community. We’re not just builders or coders, we have thousands of amazing artists and ones making unique clothes for the millions of daily players. Yet for some reason they’re shown no respect when it comes to this matter.
Start going after these groups and individuals using bots to mass-clone from the catalog. There’s hundreds of groups currently making hundreds of thousands of robux off of these stolen assets that continue to grow, and the users using these bots receive no consequences.
We should have the ability to report these stolen items and have them reviewed and taken down, or to detect replicated items and have them auto-denied. They of course could change the items slightly by a pixel so of course that’s only a temporary solution. Implementing a captcha when uploading items might be another option to somewhat put a dint in clothing bots.
Either way this is an issues that’s long-over looked and should be reviewed. I feel like the clothing/art community we have is not given the respect it deserves.
Let’s come up with some solutions, stop ignoring the problem, and give them the credit they deserve.