Archive for July, 2008

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

July 18, 2008

Actor Joss Whedon Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, if you remember HIM at all) has got a fantastic project going on for all of us geeks out there. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is a project that embraces song, dance, and the average life of a super-villain that most of us never get to see. With a comedy style reminscent of Scrubs, you’re sure to like this light-hearted tribute to the world-seizing, Wonderflonium-stealing, broadway-singing villain in all of us.

By the way, you might want to get to the site before Midnight of July 20th, 2008. The episodes won’t be available for free viewing anymore, but they WILL be put up for sale shortly afterwards (to pay the crew that so generously worked on this project for free, I imagine). They will be available both for download and DVD. Get visiting, and spread the word!

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16 July Photohunt News

July 13, 2008

Because of some family business (Mama Seelowe’s wedding– yay!) neither I nor Welcome Doobie will be able to guarentee an appearance to this week’s Photohunt. Never fear, though! Standing in our place will be our newest Photohunt Mod, Faust Milev. He’s a longtime participator, and just as dedicated to Photohunt and the VAA as we are!

So be sure to give Faust a warm welcome as our newest Photohunt Moderator, and enjoy this week’s Photohunt!

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Alright, alright…

July 5, 2008

It is time to move on. But first, allow me to make a couple of announcements in regards to the ballet:

email and chat logs make very clear that you did the work for the ballet in a cooperative and open fashion, just as we all do our work for the ballet. at the time, the work was done for the ballet and for the use of the ballet, with no conditions.

then, many months later, you get a hair up your butt and start to assert copyright, send flaky email, etc. such things are best ignored, why feed a troll.

but, what you say in your blog is libel. if i were you, i would think about that a bit, and get off your high horse before it throws you.

by espresso saarinen July 1, 2008 at 11:50 pm edit comment

Espresso has always been a big man, you see, very quick to make mountains out of molehills and issue threats where they’re not needed. But I digress– his brash remarks, ill-informed as they may be (I don’t think he took the time to look up the definition of libel before writing that comment) made me reconsider my stance on the whole ordeal.

There’s no need to take any of them to court for a number of reasons. The time, the hassle, the money– Inarra simply is not worth the trouble. I never wanted money of any from them in the first place (it was not mentioned anywhere in the agreement I asked Inarra to sign) so taking them to court would be moot.

So, to drive home my point, and to dismount from my “high horse”, pull the “hair out of my butt” and stop being a “troll”, I have decided to release the images that I created for the Second Life Ballet into Creative Commons so that they (and anyone else in the art community) can use them as much as they want for non-profit purposes. It’s exactly like the agreement I offered SLB, except now they don’t have exclusive usage of my artworks.

You can find the works with the CC licenses at my DeviantART gallery.

I think that solves things nicely. On to bigger things!

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One last chance…

July 1, 2008

After a long hiatus, I regret to inform my readers of more legal troubles with the Second Life Ballet, now operating under the company title of Ballet Pixelle.

Upon visiting the SL5B ground and wandering around for a bit, I stumbled across the Ballet Pixelle display, featuring a couple of my copyrighted works without my permission:

In response, I sent this to Inarra Saarinen, the ballet’s founder and director, in a notecard:

Inarra,

Upon visiting the SL5B fairgrounds this evening, I saw your theater display and saw a few of my copyrighted pieces on display without my permission.

Please remove the following items from your display by no later than July 6th, 2008:

*The Second Life Ballet logo
*The “Windows” Production poster image

You can find the copyrights to these pieces at the following links:

http://cyanidebutterfly.deviantart.com/art/Second-Life-Ballet-Logo-55885634

http://cyanidebutterfly.deviantart.com/art/quot-Windows-quot-Poster-v-1-0-56441425

On February 28th, 2008, I sent you an email offering an agreement stating that you and your company may continue using my works as long as they were not used to gain profit. Upon recieving no response, I resent the email on March 1st, 2008 in case you hadn’t recieved it due to faulty email transmission, and still I recieved no response. Signing the agreement is still an option, because I do not want to deny you the ability to use my copyrighted works if you so desire. However, if you refuse or if I recieve no response by July 6th, 2008, I’m afraid I will have to take legal action against you and/or Ballet Pixelle.

Thank you for your attention,

Cyanide Seelowe/Jackie Steffen
cyanide.seelowe@yahoo.com

I’m at my wit’s end. For someone who supports the arts in Second Life, she doesn’t seem terribly concerned with helping her peers protect their intellectual property. I sincerely hope this doesn’t end in a messy legal battle… there’s no need for it to, as I think the agreement I offered was pretty generous.

Here’s to hoping.