I doubt I'm done with the whole copyright issue, and the legal confusion of U.S. copyright law--and, considering Second Life is international, but Linden Labs are based in California, I'll likely continue to concentrate on U.S. law--but I've been holding several links open that I should just make a post out of, and move on from. (As ungrammatical as that was).
First, I'm not going to make a large deal on this, but protesting against Step Up! has had more repercussions than just job loss. Apparently I've been banned from Vade Mecum--which was somewhat baffling at first, because as far as I know, I've never been there. In fact, the only reason I found this out was due to following a link one of my hunt groups gave out, on a store in that sim offering a hat gratis that sounded vaguely interesting.
It turns out that the reason I was banned is because the sim owner is either friends with folks who are friends with one of the organizers of Step Up!, or just directly friends with the organizer in question. I will say that the sim, now I've been trying to find out more information, sounds rather interesting, and they have their own Ning community, to announce events in the sim and roleplay events.
If you scroll down the main page announcements, in fact, you'll find a link to Couture Chapeau, which is currently doing a wonderfully vintage hat line--and, in fact, was the store I was trying to reach to check out their work.
I'd encourage everyone to check them out if you're interested; I love the layout on their Ning, and it sort of sounds like they might have Steampunk touches, now and again.
I just can't. Since I'm banned.
In other news, I meant to make mention of this before, but Miss Dio on her blog, the Ephemeral Frontier, is collating all the various recent changes in SL and is cautiously seeing hope in how the Lindens are interacting with the grid. For me, the jury's still out, but she makes very good points.
MMORPG ponders, what is an MMO? It's a good, thought-provoking article. And i09 pleads for people to stop oppressing men in fantasy games. (On a more serious note, i09 ponders recent changes in science fiction in media, and whether or not those are sexist, or empowering. Their answer, by the way? Both.)
And tomorrow, the Exodi sim starts their Quest for Flesh hunt--hunting for small candy bars containing skin, eyes, or candy. (I'll briefly point attention towards the first skin shown in that blog entry as evidence of how copyright infringement remains a thorny issue on the grid...) But the skins and eyes look really good, I'm looking forward to the hunt.
In the meantime, the shops of Wretched Hollow are having a pumkpin hunt, with a slight difference. Most of the prizes range between one and ten Lindens, with the occasional skull scattered about with limited edition Lord and Lady Hollow outfits for L$100. (I'll post pictures later, and I'll have to negotiate with Miss Neome for modeling the mens' versions, but the Hollow outfits come in Blood Red--a gorgeously shadowed deep, rich red bustle-dress with flexi sleeves--and Blood-Spattered--which is a muted charcoal with splashes of blood across the bodice and the front of the skirt. They're very well done, and well worth the $L100 per outfit.)
We realize that the hunt is going to take some time. There are things that you can do to help reduce the amount of lag while you are hunting. You can lower your draw rate to 128 under preferences/graphics. This helps lag on the server side by not making it process things that you aren't near. You can also help out by switching to non scripted hair and clothing while hunting. The Lindens are finding that the resize/recolor scripts in the hair and clothing are really hurting sim performance. If there is considerable lag, you may be asked to remove some items. Please do not be offended.
All things considered, these are very polite tips, but it does make me ponder. For one, Miss Oriana Kuhr's entire product line, fashion-wise, relies on resize scripts. Now, I realize, many of us could get the size we want of the item we want and strip the scripts, but many of Dilly Dolls's resize-scripted skirts are also recolorable, via scripting. One skirt, eleven tops, you can't just strip the color scripting out--unless you want default black for all your outfits.
But it does make me think--how many businesses leapt on the resize scripting bandwagon (especially hair designers!) because it would "stop" Copybot and similar programs, somehow. (In truth, it doesn't, at all, but delusions persist.) And now that it's turning out to be as big a problem as Mono-scripted rezzing items? How soon will we see resizing scripts vanish from all the companies who once thought it was so necessary to employ them?
And how many of those selfsame businesses throw up their hands and declare an end to it, and leave the grid over it, declaring a loss of any perceptible profit?
Participating stores are all Wretched Hollow merchants and include Wretched Dollies, Sick With Lust, La Boheme, Silent Sparrow, Likka House, House of Debauch, Blood Tea, Rainbow Sugar and Occular Oddities.
Considering Occular Oddities is becoming a new favorite eye shop, and I've been a member of Silent Sparrow since the dawn of time--and I like poking around the Wretched Dollies shop on occasion--this is the perfect hunt for me. Twenty-one pumpkins? Bring 'em on!
Get your pumpkin hunters' kit here--including the notecard with the passages I quoted--and join in the fun!