One day after the announcement on what's appropriate for XStreetSL listings regarding copyright infringement, people on the grid are getting hit with Abuse Reports on violating copyright. One of those people? Winter Ventura, who also responded to the blog posting:
Aug 11, 2009 6:36 PM in response to: Blue Linden
What about Fandom?
Interesting set of rules, with an interesting lack of tolerance for fandom.
* Star Trek Uniforms
* Batman Costume
* Homer Simpson Avatar
* Gorean... anything.
These types of items have formed the backbone of Secondlife's avatar economy. A new movie comes out, and the content creators spring into action. Transformers, Iron Man, Robocop, Lara Croft... Now you tell us that these items are expressly forbidden.
What does this change mean for the thousands of content creators making items from the "GOR" universe? (will you be removing your "gorean" categories?) Can we assume also that your Anime Avatars and [Fairy] Tale categories will be going away too?
Gone will be the Barbies and Cinderellas and Alice in Wonderland avatars. No more outfits from the Matrix, no more Captain Jack Sparrows.. no more Mechwarrior mecha, no more Batmobiles, no more Cylons or [Battle] Droids, or Jedi robes. No Lightsabers, Portal Guns, no more Halo gear, and no more Stargates.
What an interesting world of imagination you're building here.
Pink Linden responded back:
The imaginative world of Second Life is still available--items that no one has ever dreamed of can be made by anyone with imagination, talent, and desire. In addition, there are business opportunities to obtain rights to produce real world branded items in Second Life--with permission from the rights owners.
So essentially: it has to be original, OR you have to be involved in a small enough fandom/roleplay community to get effective permission, OR you have to so substantially alter the item in question that it looks like a completely original item...at which point you might as well give up and make original things.
But none of that is the point, because--nothing applies to the grid yet. It's just on XStreetSL--for now, at least.
But as expected, the Lindens hand down a policy with any vague content whatsoever, and people misunderstand it to the best of their ability. So people are having grand fun currently tossing around Abuse Reports and screaming in IM at each other for assumed "violations".
Oh, yeah, this is going to be fun for the next few months.
Pursuant to the above...maybe, if only sidewise...oddity found out researching the summer stamp rally run:
This is, uh, available at Anuenue's 'brother' business, NoaR. Sculpted and everything.
I guess...if you're that much of an RHCP fan??
I suppose, were this listed on XStreet, you could just handily remove the references to the band, and pictures of Anthony Kiedis and Flea...and it'd likely still fly, but...it's still baffling.