Posts Tagged ‘Second Life’

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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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Haiku Speedbuild- 13March08

March 13, 2008

Lots of new faces today, both builder and spectator alike… I don’t quite have the ability to write goodly about this particular build because of some long work/school hours… so I will just share a few pictures and do the normal archive-thing 😀

By the way, doesn’t Callipygian Christensen look lovely with a handlebar moustache? 😀

This week’s theme haiku:

Geranium cliff
To understand my life now
Beautiful puzzle

-Misprint Thursday

1st Place- Ransom Silverspar

2nd Place- Ego Essex

3rd Place- Corcosman Voom

Runners Up- cinnamon Daniels, Peli Dieterle,  McGroarty Playfair, Misprint Thursday

     

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Troubles with the Ballet

March 8, 2008

This might not be common knowledge to a lot of people, but until recently, I served as the Second Life Ballet’s resident artist– that is, I designed some sets for them, made art for their playbills, designed their performance posters and, most importantly, I designed their logo.

Upon resignation of my position with the Second Life Ballet, I decided to draw up an agreement for the director, Inarra Saarinen, to look at and sign to insure that the ballet would use the art that I created exclusively for non-profit endeavors (which, as I understand, would not be a problem, since the SLB is a non-profit company to begin with).

This is the first email I sent on February 28th, 2008 at 9:25 PM:

Hey there Inarra:

The following is a quick and painless agreement in regards to using the posters, playbill images and the logo that I’ve created for the Second Life Ballet. Please read and send a return email indicating that you agree along with your RL name and contact information. Thank you!

The Second Life Ballet hereby agrees to use all materials created by Cyanide Seelowe (posters, playbill images, the Second Life Ballet logo, etc.) for non-profit purposes only. If any for-profit endeavors wish to be made in the future, royalties must be paid which will be agreed upon if the need ever arises for it.

The Second Life Ballet’s CafePress site (link redacted) must therefore cease the sale of its merchandise containing any content created by Cyanide Seelowe by March 31st, 2008.

Copyrights to the posters and logo can be found at the following web addresses:

~”Les Fleurs Rose” poster: http://cyanidebutterfly.deviantart.com/art/Les-Fleurs-Rose-poster-75811469
~”The Nut” poster: http://cyanidebutterfly.deviantart.com/art/quot-The-Nut-quot-Poster-71859393
~”Windows” poster: http://cyanidebutterfly.deviantart.com/art/quot-Windows-quot-Poster-v-1-0-56441425
~Second Life Ballet logo: http://cyanidebutterfly.deviantart.com/art/Second-Life-Ballet-Logo-55885634

Sincerely,

Cyanide Seelowe/Jackie Steffen
(RL contact information redacted)

A little more than half an hour later, at 10:07 PM, I received this notice in my email:

[20:06] Inarra Saarinen: You have been ejected from ‘SLB Productions’ by Inarra Saarinen.

48 hours later, I had not yet received a response from Inarra, so I sent a follow-up email:

Hey there Inarra:

If you would be so kind as to sign this agreement (by “sign” I mean just sending a return email stating that you agree with your RL name and contact info) by sometime on Monday, March 3rd, that would be fantastic. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to the agreement, I’d be happy to clarify. Thanks!

~Cyanide Seelowe
Founder, Virtual Artist Alliance
Admin, VirtualArtpedia (http://virtualartpedia.wikisite.com)

Several days later, without a response, I sent Inarra a Second Life IM (she was offline at the time, unfortunately) requesting that she respond to my emails:

[2008/03/05 14:35] Cyanide Seelowe: Hey Inarra: I need you to sign that agreement that I sent you in email. If you didn’t recieve it, I’d be more than happy to resend it, or if you have any questions or concerns about it, I’d be more than happy to discuss them. Either way, you need to respond to me. Thank you.
[2008/03/05 14:35] Second Life: User not online – message will be stored and delivered later.

I understand that offline Ims are not the most efficient way of getting a hold of someone in Second Life… but I was left with no choice at the point, since I only have one email address with which to get a hold of Inarra.

As of this point, I still have not received any communication or response to these mails from Inarra or acknowledgment of my rights to the work.

This whole situation is making me regret not drawing up the agreement when I first started working with them. The lack of attention, the ignorance of an obviously important issue for any artist– it’s one of the reasons I left in the first place. There was no apparent appreciation for the volunteer efforts, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that I will have to take legal action just to ensure that a simple agreement that is beneficial to BOTH parties gets signed.

Tonight I will be crafting emails and sending take-down notices to Linden Labs, Cafe Press and the hosting service for the Second Life Ballet website asking for the removal of my copyrighted materials.

Now, I realize that there may appear to be a dichotomy between my situation and my previous comments on Richard Minsky’s trademark of the term “slart”– the difference, as I see it, is that the Second Life Ballet logo and all other materials that I created are unique creations. The term “slart” was and continues to be a commonly used term within the Second Life art community that predates Minsky’s attempt to trademark it for his own purposes.

The lesson here? Whether you are a volunteer or an employee, always-ALWAYS- draw up an agreement to protect yourself and your art.

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Photohunt- 05March08

March 6, 2008

Sure sure, this blog is a day late… but you shouldn’t be too surprised by that 😀

This week’s Photohunt was so much fun! Welcome Doobie (currently the VAA’s only Photohunt moderator) chose Tesla City as this week’s theme location, which is packed full of interesting places to explore, and we nearly filled up all 15 entry boards!

Since Welcome Doobie and I alternate turns between holding down the fort and accompanying the Photohunters to the hunting grounds, I thought I would take a few pictures of my own to pass the time:

They’re not nearly as good as what the entrants came up with, but they were certainly fun to take! If you’d like to see the this week’s entries (as well as archives of all of the contests up to this point), be sure to drop by the Photohunt Gallery to have a look-see!

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Haiku Speedbuild- 21Feb08

February 27, 2008

Alright, alright… tomorrow, I swear, I’ll post the archive in a more timely fashion, I promise!

This week’s theme haiku:

Spring backup in CS lab:
time to fall in love with
certain humanware

~Alexey V. Andeyev

3rd Place- Sunn Thunders

2nd Place- Ransom Silverspar

1st Place- Apollo Reinard

Runners Up- Alizarin Goldflake, Rose Farina, Synn Mounier, and Welcome Doobie

           

See you next week (i.e. tomorrow…)!

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Chiaksan for Sale

February 18, 2008

Chiaksan, the current sim that the Virtual Artist Alliance Gallery resides in, has seen quite a bit of action in the last few months in terms of virtual real estate.

The Virtual Artist Alliance gallery has, as far as I’ve seen, been the most consistent landmark of the Chiaksan sim, expanding from the original 2048 sq.m. parcel that was generously donated to us to the current holdings of 3584 sq.m. This has happened over the course of about one year, and Chiaksan’s landscape has changed rather dramatically in that time. I’ve seen everything from clubs and skyscrapers to rental colonies and private residences– but now, I’m starting to see the landscape change in a whole different way.

For one reason or another, parcel owners have been dropping like flies, as is common in Second Life. Governor Linden has since reclaimed this land and sold it to the highest bidder, namely virtual real estate companies looking to make their quick buck. I have no problems with this whatsoever, but the contrast between the various real estate companies is amazing:

To the west of the gallery in the neighboring Jirasan sim, CP Costello Realty with their delightfully unobtrusive plaques laying  flat on the ground.They’ve also got fairly decent prices at about L$6000 for 512sq.m. of land

To the North and Northwest, DanZer Juran selling his 912 sq.m. plots for L$18,000 and Brenda Bartlett selling her 512 sq.m. plots for (holy fucking shit!) L$20,000 a piece. I know the picture doesn’t do the situation much justice, but you’d better believe that those signs are rotating in a most annoying fashion while simultaneously ruining the landscape.

Luckily for me, it looks like Jack Linden has taken notice of this problem and intends to fix it. As of February 14th, 2008, “using content, particularly advertising, to deliberately and negatively affect another resident’s view so as to sell a parcel for an unreasonable price, will be deemed unacceptable and dealt with as a violation of our community standards.”

Hooray for the little guy! It is now possible to file abuse reports for people that intentionally de-beautify Second Life’s landscapes. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some landscaping to do…

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Haiku Speedbuild- 31Jan08

February 1, 2008

Record attendance today with five builders and a fluctuation of spectators that ranged anywhere from four to eight people at any given time! I’m very glad to see that the word is getting around 😀 Unfortunately, we had to deal with the rolling restart today, so the region restarted right in the middle of the build… fortunately, we picked up where we left off almost seamlessly and finished the build without a hitch!

Theme haiku:

Unseen influences
Dream the world into being
Mandala of stars.
~Yvonne Aburrow

3rd Place- Rose Farina

2nd Place- Jeanni Nishi

1st Place- Sunn Thunders

Runners Up- Peli Dieterle and Welcome Doobie

All builds will be available for viewing until next week’s event– hope to see you there!