Well, rather than let on-going talk of ethics spill out into random other threads in the forum, maybe we can try to keep it in here and avoid the personal attacks of guys mad that it's not on-topic discussion. The previous discussion is mostly here: http://sevenstring.org/threads/ran-...close-update-trouble-relocating.334501/page-5 I don't know what the right prompt is, but assume Ken Lawrence, a small builder, output of about 20 explorers every couple of years, creates this: Some notable features: slightly smaller explorer shape, rounded bevels, particular control layout, raw woods (chechen/bubinga usually)/satin finish, and of course, the headstock. Then we have the Ran explorer: Totally copied the arbitrarily unique KL headstock shape, same logo placement, bubinga wood. Can you really look at this guitar and honestly believe the person didn't want a KL explorer but just didn't have the means to get one? Which raises the question of entitlement, whether Ran is being unethical in ripping off another builder's headstock, and whether it's ethical to buy a copy of another small builder's guitar. This is basically how I feel. If you think it's okay for someone to make a replica of another builder for you, do you also not pay for your music? Games? Movies? That logic just leads to things that most people would agree are unethical and bad for all the communities of creators IMO. I think I leave it up to anyone else if they want to take it from there, but either way here is a place to keep such discussion. Let's keep it civil though -- i.e., not attacking a person or nationality.