Good news! I will be going to Tokyo in mid October for a week ... and I will try to shoot a show (like a travel programme), taking you to all the places that sells nanoblock in Japan ^^ ... Hehe ...
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Something has been bugging me lately. There seems to be a sudden surge in the number of companies and small businesses stealing my designs and commercialising them. Here is a look at some China companies that just started stealing my designs and selling them:
As if that wasn't bad enough, quite a few small businesses have also gotten in on the action. They buy loose bricks from China and pack it themselves.
|Sold in Thailand|
|Sold in Hong Kong|
What you see above are just a few examples, there are actually a lot more out there! This is just utterly ridiculous. Everyone seems to be profiting from my designs, except me!
Yes, I know, the first thing many of you would tell me is that I should copyright my designs. Well, they are in fact copyrighted. Malaysia is a signatory to the Berne Convention, so all artistic works are automatically copyrighted. That isn't really the issue here. Trying to take legal action against these people however will require a lot of money and what little money you can recover from them even if you win just makes this a futile effort.
And yes, some of you said maybe I should not release the build instructions for my designs in order to stop these pirates. Well, truth is, reverse engineering a design from photos is actually quite easy. It probably takes me only 20-30% longer to build something without instructions, and I know many members of my nanoBuilders group are also capable of doing it. So, yeah, if a pirate really wants to steal a design, they don't need the instructions.
The hard part is coming out with the design. Once the design is out, reverse engineering the instruction is simple. Take a painter for example, like Leonardo da Vinci. Coming out with an iconic masterpiece like the Mona Lisa is the hard part. After that, anyone with decent painting skills can look at his painting and create a copy, but it doesn't mean that they can create an original masterpiece that will also be just as iconic as the Mona Lisa.
|On streets in Shanghai|
It's quite an ironic situation to be in. My designs are now sold everywhere around the world. I know it's selling like hot cakes in night markets in China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, etc. and you will find it online on eBay, Amazon, Taobao, etc. And yet, most of these people have no idea they are my designs.
I guess I should look on the positive side and be happy that my designs are bringing joy to lots of people out there and that my designs are being stolen because it is worth stealing. But once it a while ... it still bugs the crap out of me >.<
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
My exhibition in Kinokuniya Main Store @ Ngee Ann City is now running until Oct 23, please do go check it out if you're in Singapore =D ... Here are some photos from the exhibition ...
There was also a gathering with nanoblock fans in Singapore. We had a wonderful turnout and it was great fun meeting everyone =D ... Thanks guys! ^^
Thanks to Kinokuniya Singapore and Lancashire Marketing for sponsoring and supporting the exhibition.
Sunday, 14 September 2014
You asked for it! ... You've seen my nanoblock creations on my blog, now come and see the real thing at my exhibition in Singapore! =) ... Click here for more info.
Friday, 12 September 2014
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Monday, 8 September 2014
Friday, 5 September 2014
There's a bunch of new nanoblock sets coming soon in October. I have started a pre-order event for this, so if you want them, click here to pre-order now. 20% discount for orders of RM250 or more. Ships Worldwide!
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Sept 2 marks the 80th anniversary of the Kwanon, Canon's first camera. Here's my nanoblock Kwanon to celebrate this occasion =)
Monday, 25 August 2014
Friday, 22 August 2014
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Yes, my Facebook Page just crossed 10,000 fans! Thank you all so much for your support! =) ... It is your support that made it possible for me to pursue my dream of becoming a full-time nanoblock brick artist and I am deeply grateful for that opportunity =) ...
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Monday, 18 August 2014
A special project I worked on for my friend Fayse 吴国菲 ... A nanoblock Diamond ring with LED built-in for his wedding proposal =) ... I believe this is the first nanoblock wedding proposal in the world ^^ ... Hehehee ... For those who didn't know, Fayse is a Malaysian Singer-Songwriter.