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Very little that makes it on cuusoo is original. Virtually everything is based on other IP and often very possibly on other people's lego builds. BTTF made it and yet there have been many custom BTTF models published on the internet in the past, some very similar to the one that made it. Same with Ghostbusters. Same with Jurassic Park. These two cuusoo submissions fighting - neither are really very original. Both have been done many times before. BrickQueen's one is pretty poor. It is a fairly standard and otherwise anonymous vehicle apart from the JP branding decals stuck across bricks (yuck), with an existing lego dinosaur. Nothing original.
This has been coming as cuusoo really is just a voting system to see what popular IPs there are out there. In my view, it would be better that if an existing IP is used, then the cuusoo submission gets nothing. That would remove the financial element to it. Also lego should completely redesign the model. Let cuusoo be what it has become - a popularity IP contest. At least the BTTF fee was paid to charity.
Then there should be another side. A lego fan side - where only original work not based on someone else's IP goes. I love some of the ideas for new parts, yet they are never going to make it. Some of the genuinely original models are also inspiring but again not going to make it in the popularity contest.
I subscribed to her channel ages ago but very rarely watch anything on it, only usually when I'm really bored.
So, if I submitted a model of the TARDIS from Doctor Who it would simply be purged regardless of the votes. However, if I wrote and produced a film called "Big Breasted Women Attack Mars", a model of a spaceship from that film would be eligible (at least for review).
Don't go searching for Russ Meyer from you work computer.
At least one of the projects uses an excellent brick-built dinosaur which distances it somewhat from the Dino theme. But probably even that is still too close.
One perfect example is BTTF, remove the MFs and put that car in a creator set, see who'd buy that. A Jurrasic Park set would sell better than the entire DIno theme simply because it's a JP set. If they actually recreated an iconic scene from the movie, that would drive the interest 100%. But it would surely sell even if it was, to put it plainly, a crap set.
I shudder to think what may happen to some people if the Internet stopped working and they were suddenly stuck building for an audience of just themselves.
As for all the commotion about this person, I am inclined to think the Cuusoo Team probably has the best idea of what is going on and the ban was probably deserved even if we never find out why.
TLG decided to make a non-licensed Dino theme just recently. They must have surely considered their options and either the extra cost of the licence was not worth it or they found the subject material too adult or maybe the license was simply not available. Whether because of any of that or something completely different they didn't go for the JP license, and I highly doubt that a few CUUSOO projects would make them change their minds or invalidate their reasons for not taking up the license before.
Frankly, all that these JP projects do is demonstrate that their creators think they are somehow smarter than TLG. "Ohmygod, they thought of Dinos, but they never thought of Jurassic Park!" Please. Give me a break.
So people are now thinking which movie IP is most likely to be the most popular and get me to 10,000 supporters, I do think the whole Cuusoo idea needs rethinking in terms of what can be submitted. I personally think once one idea of an IP has been submitted no more can be added it would stop the conflict and if people like it they can vote for the one on there. Like JP you have half a dozen all based on same IP with supporters bashing each other, if there was one it would get there a lot quicker.
At the moment it seems Cuusoo takes one step forward and two back and I can understand why it is still in BETA.
At least the brick built dinos creators put some effort in.
I'm not overly familiar with the whole Cuusoo thing - I've registered, and voted for one or two designs that I liked, but clearly there's a whole bunch of politics that goes on in the background that has passed me by.
If BrickQueen hasn't broken any rules, as she and many others suggest, then I would imagine that she will have her page and designs reinstated before too long. If she has broken some T&C's, then it's unlikely to come out. BQ herself is hardly going to do it (unless it turns out to be a genuine mistake), and TLG have already made it clear they won't comment on the detail.
@Bustin makes an interesting point though. In the video, BrickQueen says that she just loves designing and building sets. While the Cuusoo situation is unfortunate, it in no way stops her working with Lego. All it does is remove her audience who come to her direct through Cuusoo.
And if she has a Youtube channel, then there's nothing stopping her continuing with that, designing sets and showing them off to her fanbase.
I'm not knocking her - I'd never heard of the lady before yesterday, so I wish her well, both in her efforts to have her access to Cuusoo reinstated, and her future builds, but it does seem like a storm in a teacup.
Just my $0.02
But as a cuusoo project thing change somewhat, if it's voted clearly there's some interest in it, and if they acquired licenses for minecraft and BTTF (another theme they would not have made) they will probably do it for this as well if they consider it worthy during the reviews.
And maybe it's easier and cheaper to get the license for one set than an entire theme.
I'll trust TLG on this one. IF her acct comes back up, then there's the answer. If it doesnt, then there's the statement in which TLG makes by banning for TOS.
Either way, it further dashes hopes that CUUSOO will be a viable platform for fan made products. If the allegations are true, then anyone is susceptible to being banned. If they are false, then anyone is susceptible to an illegitimately formed internet lynch mob.
Cuusoo has been set up so that projects with armies of fans succeed (if succeed means get to review), and is not dependent on the quality of the submission. So cuusoo actively wants people to have large fan bases when they submit projects. This is exactly what brickqueen has. By publicising her project on her youtube channel she gets all her fans to vote for her submission. By getting other popular youtube channels to promote her submission, then she gets a double whammy. In this, she has done nothing wrong. In fact, she has done right. She has got her army (who I suppose are 10 year old boys who love watching a woman getting on for their mother's age dressed up in a Princess Leia bikini) to swing behind her project.
It is when that army starts to attack other people's work calling it copycat and causing trouble. Who is responsible? Her? No. Will it affect her? Yes.
I also find it a little strange that brickshowtv were so positive about her JP model. They think it is "great looking", and she did a "really nice job designing these". I wonder why they support it so strongly? It is far from the best JP model out there. So just to get more subscribers to their channel? If they describe anything as great looking, you know what their standard is.
Strange goings on.
I can however recommend this 100% original Jurassic Park creation on cuusoo. A superb creation. lol. :-)
I kind of feel like I got duped because I was unaware of all of the other things things that have come out since this video was uploaded... At first I thought that an innocent girl was the target of some sick assclown, but now I am thinking otherwise...
That was actually a project that BrickQueen was going to be adding to Cuusoo... She showed it in her video at the :55 mark...
I built this a year ago and added it over 9 months back. Check the date. :-)
I am fairly convinced now what is really going on...
Otherwise, it's all fog of words that do not much of anything.
I built this a year ago and added it over 9 months back. Check the date. :-)
I know, I am just saying that was also something that she was working on for the future and showed in the video... :)
This discussion doesn't seem to be very constructive any more though so I will try to avoid it :)
Regardless of who did what, said what, or deserve what, there are some genuinely nasty people surfing the net, and I don't think we want the Lego hobby to be tarred by their brush.
I would hate for new visitors to the forum, new to lego as a hobby, to see this thread and think this kind of drama/hate/childish spite is commonplace amongst AFOLs.
I would rather this thread, and the subject, be binned out of existence so that it can blow over as quickly as possible, and prevent Brickset-users being dragged into someone's private argument.
Bleeeaaaauuuurrrgh, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth. What next? Lego to be used in a terrorist attack? This is getting so crazy, mountain out of a molehill, perhaps.
(...and we thought the reseller debate was bad!)
You can't blame people from commenting. Obviously, the OP wanted to bring this news to our forum.
Yes, just to be brief - it not anything anyone has said. The conversation here has largely been quite civil and balanced - as it invariably is on brickset (why this forum is so good). It's the subject matter, the melodrama, the threats. The whole subject is just a terrible mess that drags us all down with it.
Like watching a fight in the street... stand and watch too long, and we all get pointed at by innocent passers by.