the rule for machinima is that all permissions are required, and in writing. email would suffice.
--> Bristle. I've read both the policy and the ToS several times and I'm not seeing a rule that requires the permission be made in writing and/or via email. Please point to the place where you read this very specfic rule.
bristle chesnokov said:the rule for machinima is that all permissions are required, and in writing. email would suffice.
what alot of hoo ha.. american stysems of anything love laws and what u CAN do and what you CANT do.
I roll my eyes..let then sue me if they catch me is my policy. Of course one is sensitive and would credit well built areas, but that's common sense and sl politeness, one neednt have rules and laws to maintain integrity in SL.
If you are concerned about permissions and the fickle nature of SL, here are a few things that may help or confuse the issue further!
If you feel a written permission is necessary you can make your request via IM and keep a record of the log.
Many sim owners want and promote machinima. It does make a forceful tool for advertisement. I know of a few sim owners that are putting this in thier covenents that by entering and using the sim, you are granting rights to have your avatar photographed or recorded.
First of all, I must say I'm not American.
The main issue ,thereby, is for me to first know what would happen to "non-American citizens" in case of a problem.
Shall I consider myself as an "American citizen" and abide to Linden policy as to SL machinima? Or can I sue or be sued by a non US judge?
I also guess, after taking some advice, that this policy falls into the realm of intellectual property, right?
Now what if , for instance, my own "avenger productions" becomes a trademark or logo?
Is it still in the same area or falling into "industrial property" copyright?
What about the "right of fair use" one finds in Anglo-Saxon Law?
As you all might know, international law does not exist per se ... which is problematic.
Begging your pardon if I'm keeping with general considerations here, but I need more in-depth work, French and US Law cross-checking ... plus time to translate my thoughts back into "legal" English vocabulary. Will keep you informed.
On a side note of this policy, some of you might have noticed the SL ToS have been updated recently to reflect some of these changes. http://secondlife.com/corporate/tos.php#tos1
As you'll see the new ToS will be in effect as of April 30th.
If you go through section 7.8 (on respect the Intellectual Property Rights of other users, Linden Lab, and third parties.) you might have noticed some changes to the previous ToS - that might effect our way of working. Changes that weren't published like the snapshot & machinima policy (published quitely in the ToS alone - keeping it quite is seems).
The conclusion I draw from this change is the following:
If we wish to film any product created in Second Life we need to have the consent of the person that created the content.
In practice this means that we are responsible and liable if we film any SL content and did not ask permission.
These new ToS could create some challenges in practice.
Giving you an example, let's say you are about to film a party in SL. Before you would do any filming (according to these ToS) you would need to check all content - see who created it - and ask for filming consent. Can you imagine check out clothing pieces, hair, furniture, etc... of the entire grounds and all people at the party (simply not realistic).
To be honest I don't expect a wave of lawsuits heading to machinima artists, but if people would file a complaint via SL (because the creator of a hair-piece doesn't like the fact that you filmed it without their consent) YOU (not Linden Labs) would be liable.
Seems like the creative freedom Linden Lab guaranteed via their new policy is in reality more of a restriction then anything else.
Your views on this all ?