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Tuesday, May 17, 2022


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Martin K.

It's an interesting video to complement the recent YouTube video about the dark side of VRChat ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tod1qMcWeMk ).

The "insight" that many people are attracted by the possibility to break all kinds of laws without repercussions (copyright laws, trademark laws, laws to protect minors, hate speech laws, etc.) is kind of trivial, isn't it? And frankly, the fear that this law-breaking might have to stop at some point is somewhat silly: of course it has to stop once a platform grows big enough (as Roblox had to learn last year: https://variety.com/2021/digital/news/roblox-national-music-publishers-association-nmpa-settle-copyright-lawsuit-1235075154/ .)

We often blame Meta and other social media companies for insufficient moderation of their platforms and forget that in the first place it's their users who break laws - very much similar to users breaking laws in VRChat. Maybe we should be a bit more reluctant to celebrate all this law-breaking in the name of creative self-expression.


I don’t think the point is celebrating the rule breaking of VR chat, at least not when it comes to copyright. But the fact is that you can’t enforce copyright rules without also completely destroying everything that special about VRChat that doesn’t involve copyright infringement.

You can’t avoid copyrighted content if you want to give people absolute unrestricted creative freedom. that’s just one of the things they’re able to do with that power. You either have both, or neither.

Martin K.

I tend to agree. And I'm afraid that you also can't enforce a reasonable code of conduct without destroying a large part of the current appeal: it's not only trolls who enjoy being toxic, but also bystanders who enjoy watching the toxicity unfold and feeling that everything is possible.

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