Thursday, October 31, 2013

2016 COMMUNITIES: The railway community of the Metaverse

The railway community of the Metaverse, summary
Updated 10/22/2016
A collection of articles about model railroading in virtual worlds.
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Video-Machinima

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2013 HELP: Particle griefer near your land. But not where you can return the source object.

Particle griefer near your land.  
But not where you can return the source object.
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  • On your land you see a swarm of images
  • You can't remove the source object because it is not on your land.
  • What can you do?

  • File an abuse report (top menue: Help)--get a picture
  • If you don't know the name of the abuser, enter Governor Linden
  • Turn particles off or nearly off on your viewer
  • Me-preferences- graphics-Max particle count- slider to  zero or near it
  • If you are on a private sim, send a message (IM) to the sim owner or sim manager
  • Put a platform in the sky, above the particle flow, and use that for a while
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Monday, October 28, 2013

2013 IPRIGHTS:: Linden Lab is reworking the terms of service (TOS). Exchange of letters

Linden Lab is reworking the terms of service (TOS).
Exchange of letters
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UCCSL writes to Linden Lab about concerns over the TOS.  Linden Lab responds.
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Executive Summary
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Exchange of letters between The UCCSL Council, Kylie Sabra, Council Facilitator  and Peter Gray, Director, Global Communications, Linden Lab
  • LL recognizes a need to rework the TOS
  • The purpose of the recent TOS language was to "extend the ability for content creators to commercially exploit their intellectual property through user-to-user transactions across Linden Lab’s other products and services (including our distribution platform, Desura), not just within Second Life." 
  • The purpose the rework is to protect "content creators’ intellectual property ownership while permitting Linden Lab to, among other things, act as an agent of content creators (such as yourselves), licensed to sell and re-sell such content."
My reaction 
  • This is a good response.   
  • No meeting with LL is needed at this time because they have conceded the first point of such a meeting, that there needs to be a change in TOS.
  • The next step for us is to specify the changes we want and/or the language we would find acceptable.
  • The changes need to accommodate LL's intention to act as agent for content creators across all LL's products.    
  • It would be in the interest of all content creators in the virtual worlds for UCCSL to develop  model contract language for the case in which independent digital artists/creators pay a company to provide a platform for their digital art and separate language for the case in which these artists allow a company to act as an agent in selling their work.  
  • I invite others to post their views in the comments section below.  If there are useful comments, I will post another article with a summary.
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Letter to LL 
Rod Humble, CEO
Peter Gray, Director, Global Communications
Linden Lab Headquarters
945 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
VIA: Certified Mail, Email & SL Forums
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Dear Sirs:
The United Content Creators of Second Life is a group of residents and content creators, in 
both the commercial and artistic communities, who share concerns regarding the August, 2013 Terms of Service, specifically Section 2.3. To resolve these issues and concerns, we ask that you sit down and meet with the UCCSL Council.
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Please contact Kylie Sabra in world to set a time. 
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Warm regards, 
The UCCSL Council
Kylie Sabra, Council Facilitator
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Email from Peter Gray, Director, Global Communications, Linden Lab
Received October 24, 2003Dear Kylie, et al,
- Thank you for your email. We appreciate your group’s concerns and have seen others express similar concerns as well.We greatly value Second Life’s content creators, whose collective contributions help make the virtual world the vibrant experience that it is today. We remain committed to providing Second Life as a platform on which residents can create and profit from their creations. This philosophy is central to Linden Lab, and is something that we are ultimately seeking to extend to all of our products and platforms.
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Accordingly, the revision to our Terms of Service was made in order to further extend the ability for content creators to commercially exploit their intellectual property through user-to-user transactions across Linden Lab’s other products and services (including our distribution platform, Desura), not just within Second Life.
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We believe that it would be more fruitful to avoid further debate of the assertions made to date regarding the intent and effect of our updated Terms of Service, and instead focus on whether there may be an approach to address the concerns that have arisen in the community, while also ensuring that our policy remains applicable to our other products and services, and without reverting to the prior wording. 
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To that end, we are currently reviewing what changes could be made that would resolve the concerns of Second Life content creators, specifically protecting content creators’ intellectual property ownership while permitting Linden Lab to, among other things, act as an agent of content creators (such as yourselves), licensed to sell and re-sell such content.
We are optimistic that we will be able to arrive at a mutually agreeable and beneficial way forward, and ask for your group’s continued patience as we work to do so.
-Best
Peter
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My Comments
LL as a selling agent
Since LL wants to act as an agent for the creators on its platform, I did a little web research on the usual arrangements between creators and their agents. 

I am not a lawyer and cannot give legal advice.  What I say below is just my opinion, based on common sense.

Agent:   in commercial law, is a person who is authorized to act on behalf of another (called the principal) to create a legal relationship with a third party.
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Below are notes taken from a  model agreement I found on the web for agreements between artists and agents.   The agreement is not fully applicable to the current case, but can serve to point out issues that need to be addressed:
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ARTIST-AGENT AGREEMENT, Issues
  • Duration of agreement is limited and specified
  • Commissions. How will the agent determine its charges for selling the products. 
  • Payments.  How (what currency) will LL pay the artists, what is the time allowed  before the payment becomes overdue, what is the penalty for overdue payments? 
  • Accounting.  How will LL provide an accounting of its services as agent
  • Termination: How can the artist terminate the agreement.

Details of the service to be provided by the agent
Here the agent offers products for sale in the marketplace, handles the transactions, and remits payment to the creator.  The creators may want to specify what they consider satisfactory service from LL acting as their agent 

Scope of the agent agreement
Agent agreements are voluntary on the part of both parties.  The agreement in the TOS can be considered voluntary only in the sense that LL says:
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"Let us be your agent or get out of Second Life."
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LL does need certain rights to operate the service.  Other platforms handle that need by specifying that you grant them the rights needed to provide the service.  (See Kitely terms  of service.) 
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The new TOS claims other rights that LL needs to act as your agent.  But it only needs those rights if you want it to act as your agent in selling your products.  Under the current TOS, LL can act as your agent whether you want LL to do that or not
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More reasonable language would recognize that LL offers a separate service to market your products as your agent.  If you want to use that service, you will have to accept the specified additional conditions.  
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Where did LL get this language?
I did a Google search for the TOS language beyond the LL, using this search phrase: 
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"unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, and cost-free right and license" -Linden
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The -Linden excludes cases that have the word Linden in them.
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Here are 2 of over 300 returns
Search on page with Google Chrome: Ctrl+f, search bar upper right 

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

2013 ART: VIDEO: LEA20 Moving Islands--rafts and other improbable floating beings.

LEA20  Moving Islands--
rafts and other improbable floating beings.
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LEA 20 sim - October to December 2013
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Art in virtual worlds
     
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

2013 2ndNEW: Welcome Point Social Island. Starting place for newcomers

Welcome Point Social Island
Starting place for newcomers 
Introduction to SL

Friday, October 25, 2013

2013 VIDEO: SEE: A few events at Burn2

A few events at Burn2
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Watch on YouTube
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2013 IPRIGHTS: Content Creators of the virtual worlds, UCCSL

Content Creators of the virtual worlds, UCCSL  
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Content creators of the virtual worlds
Mission: To interconnect people with interests in content creation in the virtual worlds and so provide a forum where we can discuss common interests and develop action plans as needed.  
From Kyle Sabra:
You can join us in world by pasting the link below into your local chat and clicking on the resultant link. We dedicated individuals with the drive and passion to work to protect what is theirs. Mere words are more powerful when backed with organized action.  
secondlife:///app/group/d40ad6cf-a8cf-dae3-b762-9d816e519919/about
Who?  People in virtual worlds
Google communities for UCCSL guilds are listed below
What?
Issues like these
  • IP rights
  • Marketing
  • Technology

2013 WRITE: Top 10 posts in Virtual Outworlding about writing

Top 10 posts in Virtual Outworlding about writing  
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Outworlding=reaching  from the inworld to the outworld
The help posts on this blog are grouped into: 
  • 1stHELP: Of interest to beginners
  • 2ndHELP: Of interest to people with some experience in SL
  • HELP: Of possible interest to anyone in SL
  • You can search this blog for these key terms
  • Search bar, column on right, scroll down
  • For best results, copy exactly, including case and colon

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

2013 IPRIGHTS: UCCSL: Legal Panel on the new SL TOS, video

UCCSL:  Legal Panel on new SL TOS
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A video of lawyers discussing the new TOS from Second Life.
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Watch on YouTube
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Content creators of the virtual worlds
New Google+ Community has been formed for discussion and updates on this and other matters of interest to content creators of the virtual worlds. To join this community or read the updates, go here: Content creators of the virtual worlds
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United Content Creators of SL (UCCSL)
To join this group, search for the full name in search
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Monday, October 21, 2013

2013 SEE: Burn2 views

Burn2 views
Balloon ride
Cargo Train
Alien Cargo
Dr. Fran Babcock and 
Catboy Qunhua
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Darkness
Snowglobe
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Arcadia
Holly Loll
Diamonds
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The Man to Burn
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