[I can’t say more than Dpende Control has on this issue. All I can do is use Babelfish to translate his post into English (imperfect as the translator is, granted) so more people can read it. Vote in the SL Jira, and read the links for even more. This is REAL bad news, and it strikes to the core of whether Linden Lab cares about creator rights. What they do will speak volumes about their priorities with Second Life.   Bravo, Dpende, for your great work bringing this collection of information together. – Morris]

It seems to me that whatever has read today a pair of blogs will have found out the robbery of the skins of Minnu, FNKY, RaC, The Abyss already, Redgrave, and to knowing more how many.

Now the store has disappeared and no longer you can see it by you yourself, we yes we have seen it and not even they have been bothered in changing the posters, absolutely everything was copied.

Well, I am not a creator, so to me they will not rob to me, no? Then yes, they rob to me whenever a thing of these happens, and they rob all you, to whom they even buy neither a single object, because absolutely all this world is constructed with the effort of the creators, and without them would not be landscapes, nor skins, nor clothes, nor houses… There would not be anything.

They rob because the impotence situations rob, without a doubt some to us, the creativity and the desire, and without these there are no creators, and without these there is no sl.

So, if in something you appraise yours second life, you vote here:

You watch these links, if you have not done it already:

And you go to the manifestations nor that are to make formal appearance, because although you create that this does not go with you, or create that little it is possible to be solved, as without a doubt is not solved is not doing anything of anything.

[UPDATE: covers the story – “Skin Snakes“]

Content piracy on the increase?

Or is it just me?

Photo courtesy of The Looking Glass blogJust today, I saw two highly compelling blog posts on this matter.

Let’s hope that Linden Lab is really serious about cracking down on intellectual property theft. As Linden Lab’s Joe Miller talks about improving the user experience on the technical side, there must be a corresponding improvement on the user experience side. Absent meaningful enforcement of intellectual property rights (which Linden Lab clearly outlines in their policy regarding the Digital Millenium Copyright Act), why would any talented creative mind want to use Second Life as their platform to share with the world?

Once they get their own house under control, what about the scenario outlined in this blog post – where content is snatched out of the Linden-controlled SL grid and put on alternate grids?

Regardless of how mature some business types want to portray this virtual world environment, there is no doubt in my mind that we’re still in the Wild West. The challenge is to our sheriff – Linden Lab – to ensure law and order.

Serve and Protect - Second Life photography by Morris Vig