« EDUCATING GWYN | Main | Tateru's Monday Reality Mix »

Monday, June 11, 2007


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Benjamin Duranske (avatar 'Benjamin Noble')

The blog I edit is "Virtually Blind," not "Legally Blind" -- otherwise, interesting piece that raises some good points about these issues.

Benjamin Duranske (avatar 'Benjamin Noble')

One of the problems is that they actually seem to be going well beyond passive enforcement, not just relying on user "tips" but doing some policing themselves. You can see that they're targeting at least some advertising and actively replacing it with placeholder content by searching classifieds for the phrase "description removed." Some have argued that this move seems largely targeted at casinos, which is accurate, but it doesn't really matter. It isn't *what* they are editing that takes them out from under the CDA's Section 230(c) safe harbor protection for service providers, it's the fact that they're editing user content at all. I'm the first to admit that this is a fairly immature body of law, but it's not an far-out theory by any stretch of the imagination. Policing content, particularly when they do it on their own, is at least potentially problematic.

I think you're 100% right about the plan to move the really offensive stuff to third party servers. Maybe that's the theory -- make the LL hosted areas so annoying to be in if you're doing anything that offends anybody to the right of Dennis Kucinich that everyone who is moves their sex, drugs, and rock and roll to the (eventual) private servers. Makes sense to me. Of course, unless some places get critical mass, there will always be a population draw to remaining at the biggest party, even if it does mean either flirting with a ban.

Benjamin Duranske (avatar 'Benjamin Noble')

Small correction - you have to search "Places" (not Classifieds) for "description removed" to see the active editing that's going on. I could be wrong, I suppose, but I'm betting that those all weren't from user tips, and were, instead, based on searches.

I say this because some have reported that places with the letters "loli" in their name/description were targeted -- presumably because it is the first four letters of "Lolita" (though it is, unfortunately, also the first four letters of at least one clothing line that had nothing to do with either ageplay or Nabokov's book). That sounds like machine searching to me.

Hamlet Au

Sorry about the title goof, Benjamin, fixed it-- thanks for commenting!

FreeLikeBird Martinek

Even more then editing details, for example if you go to places and you search for "Hedonistic Island" you will find that the image of that Sim has a female avatar without her top, the female avatar was naked in upper part and now has an editing image saying "censored" over that part
I know that the "censored" edit didn't existed before because I use to go to that sim
I just don't know if the image was edited by the owner or staff of that sim or by Linden Lab but I believe it was Linden Lab because in search, if we search by "any category" for example that SIM appears

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Making a Metaverse That Matters Wagner James Au ad
Please buy my book!
Thumb Wagner James Au Metaverse book
Wagner James "Hamlet" Au
Bad-Unicorn SL builds holdables HUD
Dutchie Evergreen Slideshow 2024
Juicybomb_EEP ad
My book on Goodreads!
Wagner James Au AAE Speakers Metaverse
Request me as a speaker!
Making of Second Life 20th anniversary Wagner James Au Thumb
my site ... ... ...
PC for SL
Recommended PC for SL
Macbook Second Life
Recommended Mac for SL

Classic New World Notes stories:

Woman With Parkinson's Reports Significant Physical Recovery After Using Second Life - Academics Researching (2013)

We're Not Ready For An Era Where People Prefer Virtual Experiences To Real Ones -- But That Era Seems To Be Here (2012)

Sander's Villa: The Man Who Gave His Father A Second Life (2011)

What Rebecca Learned By Being A Second Life Man (2010)

Charles Bristol's Metaverse Blues: 87 Year Old Bluesman Becomes Avatar-Based Musician In Second Life (2009)

Linden Limit Libertarianism: Metaverse community management illustrates the problems with laissez faire governance (2008)

The Husband That Eshi Made: Metaverse artist, grieving for her dead husband, recreates him as an avatar (2008)

Labor Union Protesters Converge On IBM's Metaverse Campus: Leaders Claim Success, 1850 Total Attendees (Including Giant Banana & Talking Triangle) (2007)

All About My Avatar: The story behind amazing strange avatars (2007)

Fighting the Front: When fascists open an HQ in Second Life, chaos and exploding pigs ensue (2007)

Copying a Controversy: Copyright concerns come to the Metaverse via... the CopyBot! (2006)

The Penguin & the Zookeeper: Just another unlikely friendship formed in The Metaverse (2006)

"—And He Rezzed a Crooked House—": Mathematician makes a tesseract in the Metaverse — watch the videos! (2006)

Guarding Darfur: Virtual super heroes rally to protect a real world activist site (2006)

The Skin You're In: How virtual world avatar options expose real world racism (2006)

Making Love: When virtual sex gets real (2005)

Watching the Detectives: How to honeytrap a cheater in the Metaverse (2005)

The Freeform Identity of Eboni Khan: First-hand account of the Black user experience in virtual worlds (2005)

Man on Man and Woman on Woman: Just another gender-bending avatar love story, with a twist (2005)

The Nine Souls of Wilde Cunningham: A collective of severely disabled people share the same avatar (2004)

Falling for Eddie: Two shy artists divided by an ocean literally create a new life for each other (2004)

War of the Jessie Wall: Battle over virtual borders -- and real war in Iraq (2003)

Home for the Homeless: Creating a virtual mansion despite the most challenging circumstances (2003)

Newstex_Author_Badge-Color 240px
JuicyBomb_NWN5 SL blog
Ava Delaney SL Blog