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Archive for October 27th, 2013

On Tuesday 29th October, Designing Worlds will be recording a special panel show about the Terms of Service introduced for Second Life by Linden Lab in August 2013.

This has raised huge questions about Creators’ Rights, with some people leaving Second Life, and some feeling that they can no longer encourage other people (such as artists) to bring their work to Second Life.

But others see the new Terms of Service as opening the doors to potential new markets for their digital creations, and believe that the Terms of Service (possibly in an amended form) are the way forward.

What do you think?  What do you need to know about this? What questions do you have about the new Terms of Service?

Send us your questions – either by commenting below or by email here – and we will try to see that these questions are raised and discussed by our panel – who will include representatives of

  • the United Content Creators of Second Life (an active Second Life group that has been working to redress widely perceived problems in the changed Terms of Service)
  • the art community
  • the design community
  • the writers’ community
  • the fashion community
  • the legal community

For your information, here are some posts that are informative, and reflect different sides of the debate currently under way:

Inara Pey – Living in a Modem World:
One ToS to rule the all: Linden Lab issue new Terms of Service
ToS change and content rights: Lab provides statement
ToS Changes: The “Desura connection” and a personal perspective
ToS in-world meeting, September 29th: a personal perspective

ToS changes: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by short-sightedness”
ToS changes: Legal panel discussion – audio recordings and notes

Aview TV – Legal Panel Discussion (warning – three hours long; you might want to take it in sections!)

Sim Street Journal
Ten Ways to Defend Creators’ Rights by Eleanor Medier
Digital Property Rights in Second Life: Times have changed by Kylie Sabra

SL Newser
“United Content Creators of SL” Group Formed in Response to ToS Changes
Interview with Will Burns (Aeonix Aeon) About The ToS Controversy

Songs from the Nightingale – Gabrielle Riel
The Tale of Chicken Linden: Mass Hysteria, Copyright, TOS and Self-Empowerment
Chicken Linden Follow Up: Texture Resources

Andromeda – Will Burns
Modus Operandi
Your World? Your Imagination.

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There are worlds within worlds in Second Life, and while some choose to take to the air as dragons or dive deep underwater to live as merfolk, others in Second Life recreate reality and explore phenomenon that may play a tangential role in our daily lives but fascinate us nonetheless – as we discovered on the latest episode of Designing Worlds, when we set out to discover the fascinating world of civil aviation – now available on the web.

We meet some of those involved in the world of civil aviation – MarkTwain White, owner of the extremely popular Hollywood Airport – an airport that is busier than LAX (Los Angeles’ main airport); Ereck Gregan, the owner and designer of EG aircraft which produces – among many others – the iconic Concorde; and Howdy Coulter, owner and designer of CoulterCraft and the proprietor of Colter Air – an airline with a complete system of pre-flight checks – including re-fuelling and loading baggage!

Taking off from Hollywood Airport - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Taking off from Hollywood Airport – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a fascinating and beautiful programme – don’t miss it!

And many thanks to Cybere Placebo of Archachon who provided some awesome simultaneous translation for us!

Taking off from New Horizons Airport - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Taking off from New Horizons Airport – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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