[Help] Riprazor: so out of curiousity, besides just wandering up and slapping people how do you get involved in the supposed RP on the server?
Now, I should make mention of this: this is taking place on Virtue server. There are several servers for City of Heroes content--some more labyrithine than others, at least one (Exalted) reserved for VIP clients only, but of all of them, Virtue is considered the top RP spot.
Accompanying that conclusion, of course, is the fact that that makes it also the top ERP--or "erotic roleplay"--spot, as well.
[Help] Felicio: Walk up and initiate it.
[Help] Jack Devon: Go to Pocket D and groan at everyone doing /walllean
This is more of an in-game joke, really. But to explain it simply: on SL, we can right-click (and sometimes left-click) on furniture and sit, lean, curl up, stretch out...whatever. In City of Heroes, however, everything is tied up in "emotes". There are emotes for dancing (usually badly), emotes for juggling balls of electricity, "evil laugh" emotes--there's a wide spectrum. But buried in a couple of submenus off more submenues are stands, sits and crouches. And one of the easiest to remember is "/walllean"--because all you need is a handy wall. If you want to, say, sit on a couch, you have to precisely line up with the couch, know the output command (or click through the submenus), and even then it's not a sure thing--you could still end up sitting in midair, or on the coffeetable, or on someone's lap (at least, until they move).
[NPC] Lightning Storm: Feelings are so fleeting...It's a wonder why I bother.
[Help] Maiden of the Bolt: riprazor are you vip or have access to global channels?
[Help] Alabath: You can also join an RPSG. There are a ton around.
[Help] Riprazor: I have access to channels
It's a valid question. VIPs are still the only class of CoH players that get full access to all channels. Everyone else, from premium to free, has chat channel restrictions.
[Help] Jack Devon: Just watch out, some RPers are... ERP characters
[Help] Alabath: Those are pretty easy to differentiate.
Especially in Pocket D, where they tend to have tails and cat ears.
And occasionally schoolgirl outfits.
[Help] Riprazor: so, so far I've gathered to go to pocket D, walk up to someone and slap them
[Help] Felicio: haha. Just start a conversation in Pocket D, it can lead to all sorts of things. Joining a RPSG is good too. Do both liberally.
[Help] Felicio: Attend the club nights, they broadcast them loads in help/request/Pocket D broadcast.
[Help] Princess Remali: Haha, ERPG. Watch the hell out if you're not looking for ludicrous... things.
Translation: Futa catgirl vampire lesbian demonic teens with double-D breasts, pigtails, and a penchant for sex with other futa catgirl vampire lesbian demonic teens with double-D breasts. (Note: first link is work-iffy, some of the others straddle that line.)
No, I am being serious.
[Help] Riprazor: heh.. don't suppose there's any rpsg's recruiting around?
[Help] Isinfier: personally if that is the sort of thing you're after it'd prolly be a helluva lot more interesting to just leave the house and hook up with someone in person rather than cybering like that
Help] Princess Remali: Lol
[Help] Riprazor: lol I didn't say I wanted to Erp!
Save that in the minds of some folks on Virtue, "RP" equals "ERP" by default.
Admittedly, most of the folks interested in RP of any type in CoH do state that fact on their profiles. The downside? You have to be standing close enough to click on their person to grab their bio; City doesn't have any provisions for pulling up bios via names in chat. (Why yes, that is frustrating, thanks for asking.)
Based on the blog advice from yesterday, I traipsed by Hush and bought demo packs. It doesn't prevent them being changed or re-uploaded later, but if the maker hasn't rotated everything out--and I truly doubt she has--then I'll have them in case of dire happenstance.
Also, I don't normally reblog things from Plurk (because I refuse to join Plurk), but this was a response to yesterday's three-shot comparison entry. The reason I'm bringing this up occurs halfway down the comments:
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Now, here we stand on shaky ethical ground indeed. While it was obvious to myself and my friends when this broke, the fact that it's now being debated openly--if one assumes postings on Plurk constitute "open discussion"--presents an interesting dilemma. Namely: is it ethically okay to violate someone's copyright, in order to prove that same someone holds copyright on that texture?
Or widen the ethical dilemma, simplify it: is it ever ethically okay to do something harmful for the right reasons? Of course, parental punishment comes to mind here, but let's stick to the digital realm. If I download a watermarked piece of art I think belongs to Person A, from Person B's website, because Person B is saying it's theirs--am I still in the wrong? Was the person behind the excinerator blog wrong to post these images? If these images offer at least partially conclusive proof that the violation was not on Miss Phoenix' side, but instead, Miss Darkrose's--which now seems to be the case, based on that blog and others--does that, in effect, transform the malfeasant act into a positive thing (ethically speaking)?
Let's take this up one level: say this whole mess does trudge its way to court. What's the likelihood that someone will subpoena these images for that trial? If those images are subpoenaed, does the individual who acquired them get a pass because of the visual proof they provide? Or will they be prosecuted for acquiring the skins...less than legally, shall we say?
Who's in the right at this point?
A bit farther down, this comes up:
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If the solid lines are what constituted, to Miss Darkrose, incontrovertible, non-reproducible "watermarks" on her skins...then I'm baffled. Miss Phoenix, at least, put together a stylized logo watermark that combines the G and P of her SL name. Miss Darkrose...didn't do that. How are straight, mostly unshaded lines supposed to indicate a skin "watermark" which no one can reproduce?
Also, alluded to in Salome's blog entry, and based on mentions from this comment on page eight of the topic thread on SL Universe, there's definitely some oddity with the actual language of the supposed "Supreme Court" injunction. There's a text paste (from Plurk again) which made me headtilt more. Here's what's causing my confusion.
"The Defendant has sought and obtained an interim, interlocutor and permanent injunction restraining the Defendant ("Gala Phoenix") from infringing the Plantiff’s copyright and moral rights in the Works"Now, that was stated on the Hush Skins blog when all this broke. But therein lies a big problem, and that doesn't even take into account the differences between US and Canadian courts. Namely:
interim injunction: The general rule in English legal proceedings is that injunctions are made by courts at the end of legal proceedings, that is to say, after the final hearing. The final hearing in litigation, otherwise known as the trial, is the occasion before the court where each of the parties present their respective cases after having conducted the interim processes of disclosure, filing of evidence and other pre-trial steps. Applications for interim injunctions are an exception to this general rule, whereby the claimant applies for an injunction for the purposes of preserving evidence or assets pending the trial. As such, interim injunctions are applied for at commencement of legal proceedings, without a full examination by the court of the facts said to justify a final injunction.This and this explains more about Canadian court injunctions in greater depth than I've covered here. Now, I am not a lawyer, in any way, but to my limited ability to interpret legal terms, it seems to me that in Canadian courts, "interim" and "interlocutory" injunctions are stays on activity during trial (with interlocutory injunctions occuring only via act of Parliament), while "permanent" injunctions are permanent stays on activity after a trial.
interlocutor injunction: interlocutory orders in civil matters can be appealed by leave of the appellate court. In criminal matters in Canada, the general rule is that there are no interlocutory appeals, except where Parliament has expressly provided.
The enabling Canadian statutes for each of the intellectual property rights (patent, trademark, copyright and industrial design) makes provision for the grant of a permanent injunction for the term of the relevant intellectual property right. The Patent Act (section 57(1)(a)) provides:
(1) In any action for infringement of a patent, the court, or any judge thereof, may, on the application of the plaintiff or defendant, take such order as the court or judge sees fit
(a) restraining or enjoining the opposite party from further use, manufacture or sale of the subject-matter of the patent, and for his punishment in the event of disobedience of that order...
So, if I'm right...and I'm not saying I am, I'm just saying if I'm interpreting these definitions correctly...there is no way any defendant in a court trial would be handed down an interim (temporary), interlocutory (by act of Parliament, but temporary), AND a permanent (permanent cease of operations handed down during sentencing, post-trial) injunction all at once. From what I've been reading this morning, those are three things that are never handed down as one en masse judgement.
So we're now back to--what's really going on, here?