Let’s go Ebbe!

Recently Strawberry Singh started another Meme about three things, we would like to tell Ebbe Linden, who is the new CEO of Linden Lab. So, I got not only free flat Ebbe but also flat Rodvik and asked a friendly Spanish woman on the beach to be a model for a while. Thanks for posing, Marie! So, here we go! :)

Let's go Ebbe!

Let’s go Ebbe!

My three comments for Ebbe are:

  1. Please, fix the Second Life ToS soon! We don’t feel comfortable, that Lab clones our immaterial rights and makes it too complex to use 3rd-party textures (and other elements) in SL. Myself I have been very unmotivated to upload anything to Second Life since the ToS change in last August.
  2. Please, have a look at United Sailing Sims area around the Blake Sea. There is a wonderful sailing community and the estates are beautiful! Does the development and continuation of the area get the full support from your staff?
  3. Happy community is the best marketing tool, you can have. You can make us happy by listening to us.

That’s all for today. We will raise the sails soon and head for the big waters. Happy Easter to you all! :)

Revival of Second Life?

Until last autumn we Second Life residents witnessed many negative things facing us. Linden Lab’s Jira was closed. The last names were not brought back despite of the numerous voices of the residents. Content creators were spitted on their faces, as Linden Lab made them swallow the new terms of service. Decline of the land mass also shed a shadow over the future of Second Life.

But then Linden Lab got a new CEO, Ebbe Altberg, appeared and seemed to take residents’ concerns seriously, even if many considered that just a “honeymoon” of the new grand leader. But does he really listen to his people? Would he see Second Life as an unique platform of digital culture instead of just a capitalist back box of making profit?

Jira Re-opened

The first concrete signal of the emerging new era was received, when Second Life Jira was re-opened in February 2014. The residents were able to read, create and comment on tickets again. It’s now possible to vote for and comment on some important issues, like SVC-472 (Region Crossings Fail), SVC-7125 (Bring Back Last Name Options!), SVC-2820 (Allow group IMs to be muted) and STORM-1716 (Mesh Deformer for tailoring mesh clothing). Wow!

Land Markets Refreshing

I’m not sure, if it’s just my subjective observation, but I would say, that Second Life land business is doing well. Just have a look at United Sailing Sims area, located east from the Blake Sea, and you won’t see many free parcels available there anymore! The same applies to the Confederation of Democratic Sims. Has the decline of land sales turned finally?

Yellow is not a dominant color anymore in the USS area

Yellow is not a dominant color anymore in the USS area

Terms of Service Revision Dawning

In April 11th, 2014, an interesting notice was posted in United Content Creators of SL group, quoting NuVibez Magazine:

I (Altberg) am working with legal council to figure out the right wording so that they have what they need to protect them, but that ensures that we all own the rights to our content and what we create. they even now and when the tos was announced, had no intention of ever taking our stuff nor was it their purpose.

Content creators, that are aware of their rights, should find this as a really amazing piece of news. This would be the first time in Linden Lab’s history, that I’m aware, that the lab corrects its prior decisions, showing that they listen to people. I’m impressed!

Still, we have not seen the outcome of the change, but there is true hope now instead of just hot air.

The man and the prim

The man and the prim

The Future

Second Life has really a potential to be The Platform for content creation and creativity, but will they be on that position in the future or become just another mass-entertainment-oriented company? Well, that will be seen, but at least the current trend looks promising.

Aboard again

After a long break, it was nice to sail in the Blake Sea again and in the surrounding estates too. It seems, that there have been some restructuring in Sailors Cove. Trudeau New York 30 is a nice boat, even if needs a lot of open water.

Deck Party?

Deck Party?

Surviving from Drones

Drone

There is no place, where you wouldn’t be watched. I saw this drone in Second Life. It’s a fact, that we are been watched — both online and offline. If you see strange flying vehicles hovering over your home, you can recognize and deal with them with help of Drone Survival Guide. The guide is written in both English and Pashto language (which is spoken in Afganistan).

So, keep on watching! ;)

Their World, Your Imagination

Do you know, who was Pablo Picasso? He was a Spanish painter, who lived in 1881 – 1973, and is one of the most influential artist of the 20th century. Many consider him as a genius.

What if Picasso was born about hundred years later and would be starting his career in our times? What if he liked to share his works in one of the modern virtual worlds, like Second Life? He might have uploaded many of his works and had a galleries, where he has his works visible. Perhaps thousands of people had visited there and admired his creativity and talent.

Since he is an artist and not a lawyer, I guess, he would bypass the changed in Terms of Services by shrugging and rather concentrate on setting up his galleries in-world or continue painting in real life. However, one day he might realize, that his works are owned by an American Corporation, which silently had changed their Terms of Service (ToS), which he had accepted unwittingly. He would have permitted the corporation an unlimited power over his creations, that he had uploaded to the virtual world. I’m quite sure, he and many other would be enraged.

Picasso died before our digital age and never needed to face the hypotetical situation, described above. Still, many Second Life content creators were shocked, when New World Notes posted an article about the change in the ToS of Second Life. As a conseqence of the update, CGTextures forbade using their textures in Second Life and warned content creators about the related problems.

So, if you create textures, 3D objects, scripts, sounds, poems or whatever, Linden Lab will have the non-exclusive, unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, and cost-free right and license to use, copy, record, distribute, reproduce, disclose, sell, re-sell, sublicense (through multiple levels), modify, display, publicly perform, transmit, publish, broadcast, translate, make derivative works of, and otherwise exploit in any manner whatsoever, all or any portion of your User Content (and derivative works thereof), for any purpose whatsoever in all formats… (From their Terms of Service) As someone said, it’s no longer Your world, your imagination but Their world, your imagination.

Linden Lab has regretted the reaction among the Second Life users. They try convince us, that they still respect our rights and encourage us to create new things. However, the only thing, that matters in a court (if you have to go there), is the contract between us and Linden Lab. That contract is called as Terms of Service. If they really respected our rights, wouldn’t they fix their ToS as soon as possible?!

Second Life succeeded only, because thousands of people have used their time and creativity to make it a more beautiful place to live. Now, many of us content creators have expressed their disappointment because of the change. Many feel, that Linden Lab has betrayed us. Maybe some of us will stop their career in SL, while others will concentrate on other virtual worlds, like Inworldz, Avination, OSGrid and Cloud Party. Still, there is a group of builders, who have never cared about copyrights or origin of their textures (or other building blocks) and won’t care in the future either. Linden Lab won’t lose them any soon.

I knew a skilled builder, who left Second Life, because he didn’t like, that you have to pay, if you want to express your creativity. Now you not only have to pay, but also give up your rights too. I’m not a famous content creator, but I have to say, that my motivation to upload any of my new creations to Second Life is very low currently.

Is it time for game over finally? If you have at least little of the spirit of Pablo Picasso, I would say, it is!

Update: Also Renderosity expressed, that their content can’t be used in Second Life.

Update 2: All content creators, please, join to the group United Content Creators of SL.

Update 3: Qarl Fizz (also knwon as Qarl Linden earlier) said goodbye to Second Life, because of the ToS changes and some lesser issues.

Betrayed and disrespected builder

Betrayed and disrespected builder

Cruise in New England

Following the Shoreline

Following the Shoreline

New England is among the oldest parts of United Sailing Sims area. There are a lot of to see still, even if it’s not as big as during its Renaissance, when Nantucket was the center, surrounded by lively homesteads and full sims. One of the highlights of the area has always been the long island, which consists of two sims, Point of Pines and Lands End, currently. Its actually Sudane Erato’s home, who owns and manages the area.

Personnally I have so many memories related to this area, because my fourth home in Second Life was located there, in Watch Hill region (which doesn’t exist anymore), and during that time I had a special scripting project going on with Sudane. That all happened in the latter half of 2009, when Second Life land rush had been declining for some time and many estates were having their death struggle. Fortunately SL New England was among the survivers.

New England waters are a good destination, because there are beautiful nature and houses and landscaping is very consistent in general. If you love the style, how about renting a small piece of land there? :)

Lands End

Lands End

Baja Norte

Would you like to visit in an island with beaches, rocks, palm trees, cactuses and places to cuddle with a friend or meditate alone? Baja Norte is a really fabulous place to spend time and enjoy the nature there. The island was made by Jac Mornington, who opened it accessible to the public.

Baja Norte

Baja Norte