With reference to my previous entry: an instance of a situation which has caused a significant person within SL to stop producing products has come to my attention.
Sculptypaint was a lovely little application written in the Java language, which enabled the production of all sorts of sculpted primitives. I have been known to refer to it as the "avimator of sculpts", in that it allows those without the funds to purchase specialist software, and without the time to learn how to use it, the opportunity to access important features of Second Life.
I decided to take down Sculptypaint site for the next few days. Why? Well there are a number of reasons. I love to create, and write creation tools, that I offer free to download as well. Love the positive response of the majority of people, but the same time. - People threatning me in real life, that I filed a DMCA complain against. - I got serious hate mail, about my software thats free to download for everyone. - The way Linden act on DMCA and copyright infrigment. Like one person modified my artwork, removed my name and copyright, and have been selling my items for 6 months now.. Using an army of bots to get #1 in the search. I file a DMCA, wait 2 months, Linden removes the vendor boxes. And the next week the person is selling the same stuff again. I filed already 3 times in a row a DMCA takedown to this person, and still this person with 'Payment info on file' is running around in SL. Also selling other artist work. Another person has a huge record on selling stolen goods in sl, created by me and other artist. Selling stolen items for the last 12 months now, all the DMCA takedowns he received he calls just a joke. and continues this 'bussiness'. The person got 'payment info on file' and his own sim. - Yesterday I learned about the 'mental mentors' group in Second Life. This group is for mentors in Second Life, who's goal is to help Newbie`s, educate teach, lead, guide and so on. Great.. This group is rather big, about 800+ people/mentors. I found out several of my sculptpacks I sell are offered as freebee`s by the leader(s) of this group. For several months now. A 'mentor starter pack' is given out to all mentors, to help the helpless newbees in SL. I released my latest SFT-pack around 14 februari 2008. Only a few days later, this pack I created was repackaged, my copyright notices and TOS removed, (all the sculpties clearly state not for individual resell/repackage). The whole pack was distributed as a freebee pack too about 800+ mentors in SL, to use and to give away 'to help the newbees'. If this group was called 'robbers from SL' I would not care a second, but from a mentor group.. Who`s goal to educate, teach, help and lead in SL?! unbelievable. You must know, I only can continue developing Sculptypaint and other free creation tools by selling my work in SL. No income - no time - no coding - no tools - simple as that. I'm sick and tired about all this crap that sucks all the creative energy out of me, standing alone in the cold here for such a long time. So decided to put a statement here for the next few days. Hope you understand. Have a nice day! Elout de Kok - march 6, 2008 SL: Cel Edman
So - copyright breach, threats, lack of action by the Laboratory and (even worse) blatantly illegal redistribution by supposedly officially-sanctioned "mentor" groups has led to somebody of considerable imagination and skill being discouraged and deciding to give this project up, a project which was of great benefit to both the Lab and to residents. And who can blame him, to be honest?
I hope that this is temporary and that the tool re-appears - the author does say "this notice is up for the next few days", we shall see what happens after that - but it seems a prime example of how breach causes discouragement and harms us all.
Incidentally, my God, if a "mentor" group has been shown to involve the redistribution of items and the deliberate removal of copyright notices, that group should be disbanded and the responsible parties banned permanently from ever stepping foot on the Grid again. I am aware of the debased nature of the "mentor" system in this day and age but this is really an appalling illustration.
Edit: Since this has appeared, the "Mental Mentors" group has disappeared from within SL! The group leader, Rails Bailey, despite having reference to the group still in his profile, somehow does not have the group itself listed at all. I am sure that I have managed to miss an important point here and it is not at all the case that the group has been hidden due to negative publicity. I would be very pleased to hear more information on this topic.
We are not the damn Borg. :P
Second Life News for March 7, 2008...
From: An Engine Fit For My Proceeding Inaction, deletion Quote from the site - With reference to my previous entry: an instance of a situation which has caused a significant person within SL to stop