I appreciate a good game as much as the next gamer :)
And its really awesome to have access to weapons, clothing, pets, and more from your favorite games in secondlife.
But did you realize that a very LARGE amount of items on SecondLife are stolen from them? :(
Purchasing such items supports art theft, people who rip files from games and sell it for their own benefit, simply mooching off from the hard serious work other 3D artists at the click of a button.
It's wonderful to be inspired but a creator should ALWAYS do their own work. Ripping and stealing from other artists is lazy and disrespectful.
This is a really sad thing that has been happening for years and years, not only is this disrespectful to some of our favorite artists and game companies, but this hurts REAL SecondLife (etc) Artists as well. Watching out for stolen mesh is always a good idea, but at the same time this is something that harms good hard working creators. For these days a "good quality" item can be easily mistaken for a stolen mesh.
Sometimes finding out if a mesh is stolen or not can be easy. I suggest searching for an image of the original item (in game). Compare the shape & textures. If they are TOO identical, it is more than likely stolen.
Don't support Ripped, Stolen, "Barrowed" Mesh.
Tips to Avoiding Stolen Content!
1. Go with your gut.
2. If it has graphics, logos, or artwork, try a reverse image search before you buy
3. Check out the rest of the store: Is the style relatively consistent, and has quality improved at a reasonable pace?
4. Ask yourself if the skill demonstrated in the photography and ad design matches the skill required to make the item itself.
5. If it looks like it's straight out of a video game, it probably is.
(Stolen mesh can often be determined by the appearance. They often seem out of place, strangely animated, or the textures have strange black or white cut out edges.)