There has been some drama going on at Sim Pearls regarding the fireplace mesh I used for my Column Fireplace . The original creator recently joined that site (yesterday) to lodge a complaint saying that I stole her mesh and claimed it was mine. She demanded that I remove my download from Imagine That! and issue a public apology to her. I feel that I must defend my integrity against these false accusations.
She went further in her remarks to say and I quote:
"You a liar and you know it,...so I reported you to moderators at Simpearls for stealing."
"You should be ashamed of youself...I will go every sim site I can find and accuse you of theft. I would have given my permission for you to make changes to the mesh but you didn't bother to ask."
(Grammar and spelling errors are hers, not mine)
I was never a creator at Sim Pearls, I only posted updates from Imagine That! in their Community Updates forum.
First of all,in my original post of the Column Fireplace I never said that the mesh was mine. I said it was the work of another creator, but that she created it as a 1-tile statue which is true. I also said that the texture map was flawed and had to be edited to make recoloring easier which, too, is true. I also said I had to make changes in the mesh to make it fit the TS2 animations for fireplaces...again true. All this is true. I didn't steal anything or lie about anything. I was completely up front with everything. All I did was make the fireplace functional and to do that I had to make changes to the mesh. Some of the things I didn't reveal was that the original object was cloned from the game's "On A Pedestal"...the Venus statue. I know that because she didn't change the catalog description..it still refers to the "armless lady on a pedestal". The original fireplace wasn't positioned correctly so you had to use cheats to place it against a wall. She didn't alter the Material Definitions of the two subsets (which were the fireplace and the grill...there were no logs) so the fireplace takes the material definitions of the Venus base and the grill takes the definitions of the statue.
I originally made the functional fireplace several years ago for my own use and never intended to upload it anywhere, but I used it in an in-game snapshot of my Medieval Dining Room set and several people asked me about it. I explained the situation about the original mesh not being mine and the changes I made to make to fireplace functional and everyone said they saw no problem if I would upload it as long as I would say all that in my download...which I did. Why didn't I ask irelandforbrains for permission? Because, as far as anyone knew, she disappeared when Black Pearl Sims closed and no one knew where to find her and the mesh had only been uploaded to the now defunct site, BPS. I tried to find her at various TS2 sites but came up blank. I even Googled her screen name to try to find her, but came up with nothing. I didn't know her real name until she started harassing me about "stealing" her mesh and claiming it was mine. Both things I never did. She said that she created the fireplace for a person named "Melanie" at BPS. She's even confused about this. The fireplace she made for "Melanie" was called Squiggly Column Fireplace another statue and a completely different fireplace. Then she started sending me more threatening messages. I never mentioned who created the original fireplace to save her from being embarrassed from all the errors I found in it. But with her posts at Sim Pearls, and her request that I acknowledge her here for her mesh, all that has changed.
The original object was the creation of Irelandforbrains, or I4B and she is referred, real name Carol McNeill, created on 12-13-2010 and uploaded to Black Pearl Sims sometime in 2012. I never actually used the fireplace in my game because it was a 1-tile sculpture and had issues when used in the game as evidenced by the following unedited screen shots. You be the judge.
She claims that the fireplace only occupies two tiles. As you can see, it occupied 3 tiles. It only has a 1-tile footprint like the statue she cloned it from, but it occupies all or most of three tiles. I made an error when I said it was 5 tiles because I hadn't looked at the original mesh in 4 years and I knew it was more than the two she claimed it was. I was mistaken and for that I apologize.
She further claims that Sims couldn't possibly walk through parts of her fireplace. Well I beg to differ and so do the Calliente sisters...
She claims that the fireplace sits flush against a wall. She didn't mention that is true only if you use cheats to place it there.
And the list goes on...
I had been working via PM with BetsyForArts, one of the Admins at Sim Pearls, trying to resolve the conflict privately and as adult as possible, but there was no appeasing Irelandforbrains. Then to make matters worse, one of the Admins named Michelle publically posted several very nasty remarks against me, defending Irelandforbrains. BetsyforArts privately told me that if those remarks weren't removed by Michelle, she or another Admin would remove them since they were embarrassing and it was against forum policy. That was never done and the nasty comments continued despite several members siding against Michelle for her un-Admin-like behavior. Finally I asked for the nasty, slanderous posts to be removed and when they weren't, I said I wouldn't be posting to their Community Updates forum again. In the end, at my request, they removed all my posts and I am no longer a member there.
I hope everyone understands my position.