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Wednesday, March 13, 2013


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Adeon Writer

This type of behavior needs to be ban worthy.

Cube Republic

This doesn't surprise me.


I wish I could say I was shocked, but... nope. Why isn't the Marketplace more closely regulated?

Kelly Bintilona

This has gone on for years before Mesh in those days it was just SL members being ripped off or textures from places like Deviant Art. Now with Mesh it has opened the floodgates to rips from other designers both professional and amateur alike.

Linden Lab does not (EVER) do anything but the requirement by law which is act upon a DMCA notification.

However, what they FAIL to do is deal with Red Flag behavior which is also defined under the DMCA. This is where they fall short.

There is certainly enough red flag activity where they can act on their marketplace for example. It does not have to be a closed content platform or review process like Blue Mars had but creating a simple method to monitor content that is simple and not too open for abuse must be a feasible step to mitigate their risk.

Also they have a known history with never banning the accounts even after multiple DMCA takedown notifications thus leaving that individual access to the inventory and ability to use the account as it gets older and the alts they create. Whilst bans can be got around, deleting the account at least cuts off the assets they had and enforces them to pay again for upload.

The only positive for the individual infringed upon is that account would have had payment information on file as mesh requires this. If I was him I would get a lawyer to get a quick court order for disclosure of real life information so if they falsely counterfile on the DMCA he can take it to court. That's if he can afford it, most of us creators can't afford it and write off rips as a simple cost of business.

Arcadia Codesmith

It'd be nice to have a copyright system that's more beneficial to artists than to the parasites that suck the money, vitality and life from artists.

Shockwave Yareach

I think the best way to deal with this mess is not by involving the law. A better way is to have an internal Copyright court in SL itself.

A linden gets the complaint. The Linden then looks at the texture/mesh/whatever and compares it with the one the complaintant shows as an example. If the items are identical, then the person who has the EARLIEST version of it is the winner.

Then the Linden temporarily closes the offender's marketplace until such time the offender gives a good explanation for why/how they copied said IP.

On the third proven offense, the offender is Credit Card banned from SL, meaning the card they use to cash out with will no longer be permitted to be used in SL.

And oddly enough, doing this simple thing not only stops most of the copybotting and mesh theft, but also means LL is following the DCMA too. Once you make it so thieves know they can't get rich quick copying other's work, they'll find easier targets elsewhere.


From a Modder at the Nexus Mod Forum:
"they dont own any rights nor are they affiliated in any form to Bethesda etc. People make the wrong assumptions about a mod uploaded here. I upload my mod to a public place to be downloaded with the risk of being redistributed and resold, modified etc. Most modders work is based on material licenced only - the game itself. Without the games engine all that is left are lines of code or models of art. If people are afraid of losing control about these then they shouldnt make their work public but hand it out to individual persons in a controlled environment.

Mods usually come without any copyright remarks as its hard to define if it is even capable of being copyrighted at all. people have to be really careful about cLaiming a design pattern etc as it might backfire very fast when your idea/model is actually inspired by other already existing models/patterns. And even if you think you should have a copyright then you should go the entire road and get your patterns/models etc registered at the approriate agencies for that - all that costs money , time etc which most people dont want to invest - so theft is kind of programmed to happen and enforcing personal copyrights without all that is kind of very naive thinking. "

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