2013-09-29

LL Change of TOS for Content Creators: EMERGENCY DISCUSSION TODAY

"The Words of my Life" by Aloisio Congrejo @ Tanalois Gallery
The last changes of TOS transfer all properties of uploaded Textures to Linden Lab. The result is that texture providers already forbid uploads to Second Life and artists and creators will refrain from uploading of works to SL, as they give LL any rights to use the textures however hey want to. A huge Exodus to other grids will be unavoidable if Linden Lab does not change back.In an interview of Inara Pey, Linden Lab expressed thathey "respect the proprietary rights of Second Life’s content creators", but nothing happened so far.

Ernie Farstrider, owner of  EAST~WEST~NORTH Galleries invites to a discussion today:

WHAT:       Special -- "Emergency" -- Discussion Meeting

WHY:         Second Life Terms of Service (ToS) Changes

WHERE:      EAST~WEST Amphitheater

WHEN:       Sunday, September 29, 2013  12:00 (noon) to 1:00 p.m.

WHO:        Anyone who now or intends to hold and maintain, import, buy, or sell User Content in Second Life.

HOW:        Principally by written chat.

PLEASE:     Be prompt and take a seat in the Amphitheater quickly.

"Pace" (Peace) by Daco Monday @ Artemis Gallery

Kylie Addison Sabra, Curator @The Rose Theatre & Art Galleries commented: "The Rose Theatre and Galleries has been an avid supporter of art in Second Life from it's very inception nearly seven years ago. We are deeply concerned about this volatile change in the Second Life Terms of Service, which is an utter break of trust between Linden Labs and all content creators.

Ernie Farstrider of EAST-WEST Galleries has offered up his Amphitheater to host a meeting of artists and all content creators to discuss this change, its effects and our consequent response.

Installation by DB Bailey @ Frantastica

Please don't think this doesn't affect you because you are a "small" creator. Not my choice of word, but rather some of the responses I've heard. With the loss of Renderocity and CGTextures as resources for textures, we may well be seeing just the beginning of a full-scale protest against Linden Labs for this unconscionable action. When creators and third-party materials providers stop permitting uploads to SL, don't think for a minute that you are not affected.

 3D version of the paintings of the Italian artist Walter Mac Mazzieri  by maddomxc Umino @ Pyramid Cafe
Opening today!

As new work can't be sold, tiers can't be paid.  Galleries will close, Stores will close. It is a domino effect.
Imagine this. You are invited to display in a real life gallery. You're so incredibly excited and you hang your work on the walls and have your reception and the gallery owner turns to you and says, "Oh, by the way, I own all of your work now. I have full rights to it to do with as I please. It is mine."

How would you respond to that? This is precisely what Linden Labs has done.

Apathy can spell the end of this world as we know it.  Come and be heard. Come and have a voice. Come and be a solution to the problem.

ALL content creators are encouraged to attend.  Please forward this to your groups"

Uploaded RL works by LeMelonrouge Onyett @ Aneli's Gallery

Will all that art the last we had the chance to see in Second Life?

Taxi to Discussion: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Georgiana/157/189/1800

Taxi to Tanalois Gallery: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Solaris%20Island/161/47/3933

Taxi to DB Baileys Frantastica: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Frantastica/207/42/30

Taxi to Aneli's Gallery: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Stellar/188/139/2526

Taxi to Artemis Galley: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/RothKo/96/225/22

Taxi to Pyramid Cafe: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Solaris%20Island/19/131/1701 Opening today!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Some of LeMelon Rouge's work is also on display at Su Casa Naturist.

Ella Keng (SL Naturist blog)

http://theslnaturist.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

It gets worse than that. The TOS state that LL owns the item even if the creator DELETES it or REMOVES it from their inventory. LL owns it until every item on the grid is removed. As we know, this is impossible. We have NO CONTROL as creators whatsoever.

I think the new TOS basically are preparing for the company to be sold. The proud new owner will have us all in chains.

Quan Lavender said...

Dear Anonymus,
with some thinking, it is clear why LL needs those rights. What, if the creator sold his items. Do you really think that it would be fair to delete them in the inventory of the buyer just because the creator took it out of his inventory? Tonight I will blog an event about this topic, where lawyers will participate.