Monthly Archives: February 2014

Allegations of IP theft and copyright infringement are extremely common in Second Life; all you need to do is have a look at social media used predominantly by Second Life users. Personally, I’ve lost count of the often heated discussions regarding who has copied or ripped off whom, what, how, to what extent etc. Oftentimes, the allegations and claims made in such discussions are wide of the mark. Sometimes they’re correct. This, of course, shows that there is a certain degree of confusion regarding fair use and copyright as they are applied to Second Life and similar virtual worlds (most notably OpenSim).

Thus, someone with actual knowledge needs to step up to the plate and inform people. Personally, I can’t really think of anyone more suited for this task than Vaki Zenovka. People who watched the ToS debate closely will remember that, back on October 19, 2013 Vaki (through her alt, Agenda Faromet), an RL attorney, along with other RL lawyers active in SL, held a legal panel to provide proper, precise and concise information on how LL’s new ToS really affect users and content creators. The panel was very successful and answered crucial questions, thus helping to counter a number of widespread misconceptions. This, however, is not the only informational initiative that Vaki has participated in. Last year, together with Tim Faith, another RL attorney (SL username: Yoss Kamachi), she held a panel to inform and educate SL content creators on the topic of copyright and fair use for SL content creators, and they are going to repeat it this year.

As she comments:

We did this last year and it was really successful, so Tim and I are doing it again this year. Are you interested in learning more about what we mean when we talk about “fair use”? Would you like to hear some actual lawyers talk about what it really means, what the current state of the law is, and how it applies to content creation and use in SL?

Of course you would.

So, tomorrow, Saturday, March 1st, 2014 and at 10AM SLT, Vaki/Agenda and Tim Faith will host this legal panel again, offering a great opportunity to those who missed last year’s panel and/or need clarifications on issues like LL’s current Terms of Service, Intellectual Property and Fair Use. The panel will be held at the Justitia Legal Resource Village. Of course, questions are welcome.

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Mona

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Last year, I had touched upon the matter of camera placement in Second Life. Of course, as everyone knows, nothing has changed since then as far as the official viewer is concerned. The importance and impact of the default SL camera offsets has been documented first by Penny Patton in an extremely interesting article written way back in 2011; she had even filed a JIRA. Besides this humble blog, prominent SL blogger Ciaran Laval had also written about this topic, spurred by Penny’s seminal blog post.

As said, there has been literally no action on behalf of Linden Lab on this matter. When I had mentioned the topic to Oz Linden back then in the Open Development UG meeting (offering the alternative of providing a number of easy-to-edit and easy-to-recall presets, as well as ye olde default settings, for those that still want them), he declined and cited the potential for user complaints and content breakage. In my previous post, I have stated my position on both of his arguments and explained my reasoning, so I think I don’t need to reiterate them here.

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Ebbe Altberg is Linden Lab's new CEO

Ebbe Altberg is Linden Lab’s new CEO

On January 25, I had reported that Rod Humble was no longer Linden Lab’s CEO. His resignation caused quite a stir in the Second Life-related blogosphere, with the usual amount of speculation as to why he resigned, what the future holds for the Lab and Second Life (this, of course, included a good deal of “the sky is falling” commentary), and who should/would replace him.

Today, white smoke rose from the chimney of LL’s conclavium and we can finally say “Habemus CEO“. A few hours ago, I saw on Jo Yardley’s blog the news that Ebbe Altberg was appointed to be Linden Lab’s new CEO. The Lab itself also issued a press release to announce this.

I quote part of the announcement:

SAN FRANCISCO — February 5, 2014 — Linden Lab®, the makers of Second Life®, Blocksworld, Desura, and more, today announced that Ebbe Altberg will lead the company as its new Chief Executive Officer.

“We remain committed to world-changing innovation from Linden Lab,” said Jed Smith of the company’s Board of Directors. “We’re keenly focused on providing incredible experiences for all of our customers, and Ebbe is the perfect person to help lead our team as we continue to serve and grow our global audience of active users.”

“Linden Lab has long been at the forefront of building experiences that entertain people while empowering them to express themselves and profit from their creations,” said Altberg. “Our customers’ creativity is unparalleled, and I’m proud to join the talented team that serves them. Second Life is now in its eleventh year, and every day, users continue to create more and more amazing experiences to enjoy. Though much younger, Blocksworld has already seen hundreds of thousands of unique user-created worlds shared for everyone to play with. I’m absolutely committed to supporting our customers and helping them become even more successful. There are significant opportunities ahead, and I look forward to leading us into the next phase of growth.”

As Inara Pey points out, this announcement puts an end to roughly two weeks of silence on the Lab’s part after Mr. Humble’s resignation. I also want to remind everyone that Mr. Humble announced his resignation from his position as LL’s CEO on his Facebook account and broke the news to Jo Yardley on January 24th. Personally, I choose to refrain from commenting on what lies ahead for Linden Lab and Second Life with Mr. Altberg at the helm, as I’m not familiar with his previous work and also because I’d rather not pass judgement before I see what he does with the company. As a Second Life user and enthusiast, I hope that his tenure will be one that will improve Second Life for its users and will make it more successful. I also hope that he will make the entire portfolio of Linden Lab more successful.

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Another great effort by Canary Beck and her colleagues. I hope to be able to blog in detail about it soon.

Canary Beck

Oh Eve, it was an evil hour when you listened
To that false worm, taught by somebody
To imitate the voice of Man, truthful in saying we would fall,
Lying about our promised rise; since our eyes
Have been opened we have indeed discovered that we know
Both good and evil; good lost and evil found.

Adam, in The Plain English Translation of John Milton’s Paradise Lost

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