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

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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

The Secret Police

Stone Lions

When I was a child, my favorite books were The Chronicles of Narnia, which is a children fantasy series. Its most famous novel is called as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which tells about adventures of four English children in a fantasy world of Narnia. It was took over by White Witch, who was a self-nominated Queen of Narnia. She hated summer and had turned the world into “always Winter, but never Christmas” place. The witch feared just one thing, which could have made her whole plan to fail. There was an old prophecy about four children, that would start ruling the country one day. They would bring the summer back.

Narnia was a charmed place, controlled by White Witch’s secret police. Its chief was Maugrim, a bloodthirsty wolf. The whole country feared the secret police and many of the residents were even allied with them, to inform the White Witch about any signs of the four or other forms of rebellion. Even many of the trees were spies of the witch, that made it difficult for friends of summer to communicate about the situation openly.

One day Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, from our world, arrived at Narnia. It didn’t take long, until the White Witch heard about them, and started to chase them furiously with help of her secret police. Well, if you have never read the whole story, I’m not going to expose the whole plot… Hurry up to the library and borrow the classic! :)

This fictional story has so many analogies to the current events. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to identify the secret police. In our world, there are not four children, but a brave young man, who didn’t want to live in a world, where everything, you do or say, is recorded. What about the White Witch? Well, maybe finding an individual is not the best match, but there are attitudes about civil rights and power, that most of people don’t agree with.

The story about Narnia had a happy end, but we don’t know, how this real life story will be. I agree with many, that the young man did the right thing and he is a hero. It’s a pity, that the White Witch has so many allies. Still, as the Beavers knew, the Lion is “on the move again”.

Never Ever Give Up

It’s easy to sail in the big waters, but sometimes you may get “landlocked”, when circumstances change. Still, there is hope for better always… ;)

Land, Ho!

Cruising in the waters of Dryland

Dryland is an impressive creation by Anita Witt. The place may remind you of The Aral Sea, where the irrigation project of Soviet Union turned a large lake into a desert and forced the local fishers to find a new profession. Dryland is open for the public.

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

Why Do I Blog Meme

Hummm, since it seems, that all the great bloggers participate to Strawberry Singh’s challenge, I decided to add my two cents too. So, here we go…

  1. How long have you been blogging? Since September 2010, but I have had really quiet periods.
  2. Why did you start blogging? Well, it’s a cool thing and I wanted to try something new.
  3. How many times a week do you post an entry? Ahem… You probably mean, how many times per month do I post an entry. 1-2 posts per month might be a realistic estimate nowadays. If you spend all the time writing blog posts, how can you gather inspirations and ideas for new ones? I’m not a full-time journalist with a scorecard… lol
  4. How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis? Let me see… I follow the blogs by my mobile phone with an app called Feedly. There are maybe around 50 different blogs and about 15 of them are related to SL.
  5. Do you comment on other people’s blogs? I comment on others’ blogs, when I have something to say.
  6. Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? Yes, I check out the visitor counters and country stats of WordPress every now and then. It’s good to know, which topics people like and how much different sources (Flickr, Tumblr, other blogs) bring traffic to the blog.
  7. Did you ever regret a post that you wrote? Not at all, because my posts are quite neutral and try not provocate anyone. The only thing I regret sometimes is, that I didn’t proof read my post once again, especially because English is my 2nd language. Usually it’s good to set a scheduled automatic posting for the following day, because blog posts seem to get better after a well-slept night… ;)
  8. Do you think your readers have a true sense of who you are based on your blog? Well, my readers will learn to know me by reading my blog. I think, that’s the only thing, that matters…
  9. Do you blog under your real name? No, I blog under my Second Life name, because my blog is about the world, where my avi lives.
  10. Are there topics that you would never blog about? My blog has its own theme and many topics are simply out of scope. Adult-rated posts are an example of this.
  11. What is the theme/topic of your blog? The main theme of my blog is Second Life, but other virtual worlds are covered sometimes too. Sailing, exploration, geography, building, photography and architecture are my passions. Isn’t it natural, that you see them often?
  12. Do you have more than one blog? If so, why? Currently I have only one blog, but I have a Flickr account too. Why do I have only one blog? Well, keeping one blog alive is a big enough challenge for me. :)
  13. What have you found to be the benefits of blogging? My blog allows me to analyze and structure the virtual world, which is so unstructured mess often. It’s also nice to show pictures and feelings of events and places, that may not be in the future anymore. When I find something great in SL, I like to share that with others. Sometimes the blog posts bring me new interesting contacts in-world, that’s a great thing.
  14. So, why do you continue to blog? Well, rolling stones never moss. As stated in the previous answer, blogging has its benefits. It’s nice to express yourself and see, that people like the posts and even find them helpful.
Watching the clouds

Looking for inspiration

Vi er Større!

Havna

Havna harbor in the northern part

It’s really refreshing to see, that there are places in Second Life, that grow, when so many other places shrink or vanish permanently. Second Norway is a great example of this. It’s not a long time ago, when it was merged to United Sailing Sims area near the Blake Sea. Now there are several new sims, that have some open waters available for sailing and several islands for living. Vik region has even its own race line, which can be used for sailing races. I would even say, that those new sims are the best part of Second Norway so far.

Swedish house in Havna

Traditional Scandinavian house in Havna

Rez your boat and head to Second Norway! Så, hva venter du på?! :)

Kingdom of Ambrose

When old and famous sims die, we all mourn for them, but wouldn’t it be better to celebrate, when new and good ones are born? Recently I visited in this fresh Medieval roleplaying sim, which is not far from ready. It’s worth visiting, even if you weren’t into roleplaying.

Kingdom of Ambrose