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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.

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3 comments

  1. 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.


  2. libel is the communication of a statement that makes a false claim, expressively stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government or nation a negative image.

    Nothing in her communication of statements is false, and its all backed up by the emails and chat logs you reference. I would not start throwing the term libel around unless you want it thrown back.

    The negative image of your wife being portrayed here is the result of her lack of any response to a reasonable licensing agreement. You have already had your Cafe Press account removed for violations, and complaints have been and are continuing to be posted to Linden Labs and all other on-line resources this image is being used.

    Please ask Inarra to remove the material and/or respond to the requests. Also, please stop speaking for her. It would be ideal if we could have this conversation with the parties responsible.


  3. I can only assert Cyanide and photozz’s claims and restate as a witness that proper steps have been taken to prevent any sort of conflict, and were completely ignored. To treat Cyanide’s friendly, generous offer with such disdain is, quite plainly, childish and utterly senseless.

    Especially after reading the above comment by espresso saarinen, I find myself strongly questioning Inarra’s and her husband’s credibility as leaders of any organization or community.



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