Thursday, January 23, 2014

2014 IPRIGHTS: TOS: UCCSL: Where do we stand? Summary for January.

TOS.  UCCSL. Where do we stand?  
Summary for January
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Summary of events and positions on the current LL terms of service.
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Strong interest shown by 62 pages of forum posts 
UCCSL redirection
  • UCCSL.  New Year, New Vision by Kylie Sabra
  • UCCSL seeks conversation with LL on IP rights.
  • Some think conversation has been and will be ineffective.
  • Action item: Organize a new group to represent your position.
  • My view:  Conversation has been ineffective since October.
  • I doubt that conversation will be more effective in the future
  • Effort more intense than conversation would express principles.
  • But has little chance of being more effective than conversations.
  • If you want a remedy, look to what you can do.  
  • Test intent: Ask LL for a document waiving its claim to a license to sell your products.
  • Or look for alternatives that do not depend on the kindness of LL.
Give SL more time
  • They are not exploiting your content now.
  • Maybe they won't.  Don't worry till they do.
  • Action item: No action required.
  • My view: Reasonable for people comfortable with that.
Keep selling.  Stop uploading new content
  • Some creators have done that with little loss in sales.
  • Action item:   Look for elsewhere to offer new content
  • My Take: If most creators do this, old content may keep selling well.
  • You can look elsewhere (below) to sell new content. 
Expand to Opensim and Opensim markets
Moving to Opensim and Opensim markets
  • Similar to expanding but adds stop uploading new stuff or cut selling.
  • Action item:  Put all efforts into selling in these markets.
  • Action item:  Close art galleries and stores, cut listing in SL Marketplace.
  • My View:  Similar to expanding (above).  Loses some sales.
Special case: writers 
Special case: video producers   
  • Video producers may want to sell exclusive rights to their products.
  • They may have abandoned exclusive rights in accepting the TOS.
  • Action ItemHire a lawyer, get legal opinion.  Or:
  • Action Item: Ask LL for a document waiving or disavowing its claim. Or:
  • Action Item: Move to another grid to make marketable videos.
  • My view:  I have moved my affected video projects to Kitely
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