I think the world is aware of this by now, but just in case you are not on facebook or AT or any of that, the Victorian Romantic Tarot by Baba Studios has been counterfeited by Oranum.
They did not get permission to do this. Karen and Alex are NOT amused – that deck took ages to perfect.
Karen wrote this:
“Please help us to fight illegal bootlegging and counterfeiting! Were you offered any of these counterfeit decks?
We have discovered that Oranum has taken our Victorian Romantic cards and bootlegged them with their own brand put on the back. We believe they did this over a year ago.
By the way, although they have been informed of this, and have been asked to remove all images and references to this deck, two days later they are still showing these illegal counterfeit goods on their Facebook page and we think, in many other places.Their social media manager has been in touch with us, but has apparently made no effort to remove these images and references.
This damages us not only financially, but also in terms of brand and reputation, as the cards were not done under any license from us and we would obviously never have authorised this.
Please help by letting us know if you have seen, were given or offered any of these illegal decks (you can of course PM or email us).
We are proceeding with full legal action and all evidence will be helpful to us when this reaches court. Please help small studios fight this theft of our work.”
Oranum has always struck me as somewhat sleazy. I tried working for them a few years ago. You have to hang out in an open chat room doing free mini readings and booting perverts out, waiting for someone to take you to a private video chat for a paid reading (who is hopefully not also a freak that you have to boot). As time goes on and you boot more and more guys who want you to watch them snap their carrots, your traffic goes WAY down.
Kind of makes you think the whole thing is a cover for a jack site, doesn’t it?
And if you somehow missed the Victorian Romantic and you MUST get a copy, the authentic ones come up on ebay all the time. Or you could just give it some time, Karen is talking about doing another edition in a year or two. In any case, save your ducats for the real thing and not this Oranum garbage.