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Friday, March 14, 2014


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Laurence Simon

How much did Emily get for Vesu?

How much was she paid when she was staff?

Add that up, and that's probably more than a lot of authors, even published ones.

Did she have an agent or lawyer look over the contract to sell Versu?

Can she come up with other titles? Or is she a one-hit-wonder?



Just to clarify, I don't think the Versu and TOS issues are identical, to quote my first paragraph:

"First of all there are some key differences between The Second Life TOS change and what has happened to Versu. The most glaringly obvious apparently being that Linden Lab are not asking Second Life content creators to give up their intellectual property rights and they are not asking for an exclusive license."

Where the issues are similar is in the terms being binding. I do believe that Linden Lab have no intention of doing anything they please with people's content, but that should be reflected in the TOS because if LL have a change of heart those terms can be applied.

On a wider issue, I'm glad to see this being discussed further, Versu has a lot of potential and interactive fiction is a growing market, if LL don't want to take the project further that's their choice but it seems a great shame to let the product sit on a dusty shelf.

A royalties type deal may be in everyone's best interest, Linden Lab have invested money and Emily was a paid employee.

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