Because I've been spinning my wheels all week, so far, and my builder will not be prodded into other things, we've spent a lot of time not doing much that's actually constructive.
Two nights back, we spent talking over future plans, and haunting various lucky chairs. This is where we met the flailing Miss Kunke:
(Miss leia Kunke captured in mid-flail.)
Miss Kunke appeared flailing in midair, hands hooked into claws, stiletto-shod feet kicking at random, on her back at Tesla Miles. I freely admitted I'd never seen anything quite like it before, and we debated on what she most looked like she was doing. I still maintain 'fighting large invisible spider' was more appropriate than 'roach lying on back', but then, I was concentrating on the hands, and my builder was focusing on the flailing limbs.
Today, though, there is gift-wrapped drama, and I am tickled to death, I really am. Follow this:
Waybackwhen I mentioned a little something on content theft in SL. Even got a bit of heat from it from Mr. Chez Nabob, mastermind behind the PETA-inspired campaign.
Well, the twisted joy goes further. Let me show off yet another poster in the original "Stop Content Theft" campaign:
This poster features Minnu Palen. Minnu Palen makes skins. Miss Palen, in fact, makes a line of 'model-quality' skins--that many models on the grid use. And she was, and perhaps remains, very concerned over content theft.
Enter the Second Life Herald, with a rather shrill "expose" on Miss Palen's apparent theft of Renderosity skins.
Ari Blackthorne calls it "slanderous", these allegations. I think Blackthorne, and others, are missing the main point.
(Well, and the secondary point, because 'slander' is oral, and 'libel' relates to print and email--so it would be 'libelous' allegations, not 'slanderous'. And it would only be libelous if it weren't true...)
Miss Palen has stated, over and over, content theft hurts her personally, because her skins are sourced from her own body.
So follow this out again:
She buys skin textures from Renderosity. She alters those textures to form over the shapes used on the grid. Okay, this is a violation, but it's a fairly minor one--apparently, there is a license specification from Danae Kotsi, the original designer, that states she must be asked for consent before any commercial use of her material.
Okay, so fine. That's tacky, but understandable. 90% of content on the grid, it's said, is lifted broadly from other places. Which is also tacky, but again understandable. But that's still not the real amusement behind all this.
Follow this again:
Miss Kotsi is complaining about Miss Palen lifting her skins without permission. Because she makes her income making original content for 3D applications like Poser and other 3D art programs.
But...how original is her "Manhattan" series when it looks exactly like Darryl Hannah?
Curses, foiled again!
I mean, seriously--is there any other way to see this? Content creator one--who's trading on someone else's actual face--is complaining about content theft concerning creator two on the grid--who's saying she uses her actual body to source her skins...
Well. Unless Miss Palen is Miss Hannah.
Which would be even more amusing, frankly.
I'll keep you posted.
[Later update: in conversation with certain people, better at the vagaries of copyright law and content than I am, Miss Palen is in violation--namely, the readme file attached to the Manhattan package? Specifies permitted uses in a very specific way:
All of this product's content was created by Danae Kotsi using the following sources of digital photographs:
levius (RMP) and from www.3dsk
xil and nagus
and my own personal collection of digital photographs
These files are copyrighted. The product can be used for commercial and non commercial renders. Do not redistribute in part or whole without the author's written consent.
So...Miss Palen did violate Miss Kotsi's stated use under copyright.
Heh. Ain't intellectual property rights grand...]