Originally Posted by Adam Younger
This really sums up why the whole case of splashing is so offensive to Designers.
I work as a designer, mainly on planing hulls and yes every spray rail - every feature, every dimension is thought about and is there for a reason.
Someone who has splashed a hull has not gone through that process or is not capable of going through that process so can hardly start to call such a craft their own design.
Extracts of this email has been emailed to me, including the above, as a joke but I feel I must comment and have asked for it to be shown on this forum.
I do find your particular approach and that of your fellow contributors here extremely hypocritical to say the least.
Adam you do take a very high and mighty approach to the subject of design and in particular design infringement. Look at your current "race" Rhib design for example. Are you really trying to suggest that you where the first to use “steps” in the hull? Or the remarkable similarities to Revenger? - which you have had an involvement with - to name but two so called innovative design features. You have copied many established principles which where first designed and created by others. All you have done is basically copied someone else’s ideas, modified them slightly under the guise of your design concepts and called it your own.
In industry as a whole, intellectual copyright is a very grey area and hard to enforce. Our industry is no exception and perhaps worse. There have been one or two court cases concerning design/pattern/ copyright infringement some won some lost. Litigation costs and thus usually not pursued.
Producing a direct copy with a view to modifying it, and taking someone else’s ideas to copy and modify is splitting hairs.
I fully expect you; your navigator Matt (madmatt) and the other know has-beens , Jon (Fuller) & Tony (Dirk) to lambaste and ridicule this email to justify your position and for their own usual amusement as my colleague informs me. He also pointed out that the proprietor of this WEB site began this “discussion” and without doubt was in collusion from the start.
I am also informed and believe true, that the young chap they and you chose to ridiculing here build your rib also. A very unusual business stance to take I feel!
I am indeed saddened to see you dragged down to their level as you have had an excellent reputation in out industry prior to this.
People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
On a finishing note, I bet you have not paid any royalties to the innovators you have chosen to copy and modify
I will be forwarding a more detailed copy of this letter to our trade bodies and journals