There are a few heated threads running at the moment on Facebook and Fetlife. If I have my timeline correct it all started with a now removed thread on Facebook. This thread was restarted on Fetlife and it also spawned a thread on Fetlife with a more general approach on the subject.

The subject is bondage (*duh* :)) and is is roughly about getting images from the internet and using them for critisism on the subject and moved into a possible copyright infringment discussion. The spawned thread followed-up on what the expectation is when you publicly post material (i.e. through your own website, on social media, physical media - i.e. DVD's, etc.)

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In this post I'm going to be blunt, straightforward and take the bull by the horns (do what I do best, so to speak :)).

First of all, my personal opinion; if you operate publicly people are allowed to critique your publications. Common courtesy is that you do this respectfully. Keep this in mind!

The critiques are that Hebari's tutorial video is not the best around and that he do better to make an improved version. This continued into Esinem posting a tutorial video of the same tie and asking for critique. Here you can find the two tutorials:

Until now I had never watched and/or reviewed these tutorials in full, just bits and pieces because it was discussed here and there. What I did now was put these two video's side by side compared and reviewed them. Esinem's tutorial is from 2010 (I think?) and Hebari's tutorial is from 2012 (I think?). What greatly surprised me is that both tutorials are 100% identical! Each and every movement, every knot, wrap is 100% similar, WTF?!? Seeing that Hebari's tutorial is published after Esinems tutorial the logical conclusion would be that Hebari copied Esinem's tutorial and (re)published under his own name.

Hebari got a lot of bad critique about his tutorial but it looks like he simply copied what he saw on Esinems tutorial, including the bad bits. So it would make sense that all critique direct at Hebari could be redirected to Esinem as well. One critique was that the gote upperwrap was too high...

It might become worse, both Hebari and Esinem openly admit that this is one of the ways Osada Steve is tying a gote. Are both dressing themselves in borrowed plumes? Are we talking plagiarism? I don't know, this might be entering a grey area that I don't have the (legal) knowledge to answer or the desire to pursue for that matter.

To continue the review of both tutorials, since Hebari's video was done after Esinem's it is obvious that flaws in Esinem's video have been correct (i.e. "thumb-crucher"). But reviewing the video's side by side also show a much better rope-handling by Esinem compared to Hebari which results in new flaws introduced in Hebari's video (i.e extreme straightening of the gote-stem). 

What the above shows in my opinion is that there is agreat amount a responsibility when you publish tutorials.

I have great respect for the main participants of this post and I consider this post respectful to both. I also consider this post open and honest about their publication and not directed at either of them personally.


Here's one of the RopeMarks gote tutorials produced in 2002 (10 years ago!) as support for our real life tuition. This video is not ment to be a stand-alone tutorial, this video is to be used in the context of our real life tuition. The usual disclaimer applies, mistakes are made in this video and the community and me has grown lots in 10 ten years.


p.s. do not be  distracted by the blindfolded, gagged and collared slave girl.

The last bit I would like to mention also started as a thread on Facebook for me. It's a blog entry by Esinem about what he calls "adjustable single column tie" . On Facebook and his blog entry he implies that I learned this rope construction from him that I then used in one of my shows.

I would like to correct: I did not learn this rope construction from Esinem nor do I approve of how he builds this construction (ymmv).

This technique I have been using of and on for a long, _long_, time and the exact source I can not recall. What I do know is that it was a printed Japanese source. For our last show (our Tanuki-show) I used this technique very prominently.

I have no problem with learning anything from Esinem, complete beginners or anybody else but this blog post "smells" wrong and I don't appreciate it when anybody is using my name to increase his/her own image in our scene or get ahead at the expenses of others. Too add to that, it is hard not to notice the postings of Esinem on the different social media, for they are many, and I notice that using my name is not the first where I get the impression he tries to "better" himself.

My respect for Esinem is great but I think this particular "trend" is not showing his best side.

Flame on! :-)

Authors: RopeMarks

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