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Stolen?!? I am out!


You are probably hearing a lot about Copybot and content theft, but what the hell are those things? If you understand what we are talking about, it will be easier to take a conscious attitude.
Copybot is a program that copies, that clones other’s creations. Besides being respect lack with the creator, because they waste time creating, researching, spend lindens to upload things (if they stop creating or even if they never started, we would all be noobies forever, oh no!!!), it is a crime. Yes, we are talking about a crime.  Everyone that create in SL, have rights over their creations, just like it happens in rl. Even being a virtual world, Second Life is made of real people and there are laws to play! When we all join in SL, we need to make an agreement called TOS. Some of the foreign people say: it is too long and I don’t know English. But do you really think it is an excuse?

Let’s talk about principles, life principles.  We are talking about stealing someone’s creation. Would you steal someone in rl? Did you know that when you use a fake copy or a “replica” of something you are stealing?

Digital Millennium Copyright Act, known as DMCA, rules “virtual” rights.
Just for you to think, once I heard a comment like that: “I use stolen things because that’s the only way I can have that “Redgrave” skin”. Then I told that person, and I leave that comment for you to think: “So, you are saying that you “need” to use stolen skins because you don’t have financial conditions to have that original one… so, in your rl, if you don’t have financial conditions to buy a car, you are going to steal one or buy one stolen because it is cheaper?”

There are many points of view about how to avoid copybot, and don’t tell me that it is Linden Lab problem! It is not only their problem! It is mine and yours! So, let’s stop saying, thinking or supporting the idea that Linden Lab should do something to stop it, because they are improving tools to work against copybot and while it doesn’t happen or work properly, let’s make our part! You don’t need stolen items, I don’t need stolen items! Even because we have Fabulously Free in SL to give us the most fabulous finds!


Samsara Group is offering a male (sweater) and female (dress) freebie to support these campaigns (these gifts will be there until saturday). Criandoasas Twine and ChicoSC Carver are the creators and they started with a small store in SL only with female clothes. Today, they have male clothes, accessories, shoes and a great store with great things with fair prices and it was possible only because they were able to deal with stolen items and didn’t loose incentive to create. Also they can be a very positive example of Brazilian designers. Brazilian people have such a evil fame. But it can’t widespread. We have amazing Brazilian creators in sl and they must be recognized, even more that the Brazilian thieves.
If you have doubts about stolen items, we can try to help, we can share information and I am sure that we all together can make the difference.

– Samsara:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ta%20Vaalor%20Keep/205/181/33

Author: Tarsis Gausman

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5 thoughts on “Stolen?!? I am out!

  1. I would like to make a comment on various parts of the post.
    First off let me say that theft of content is not a good thing !
    But the issue isn’t that easy. In your examples you name a skin creator. I have a skin myself, and do you actualy think people know the difference between skinmakers ? When i went shopping for my skin i just tp’d around and bought the one i like. I really don’t know any skinmakers and even if i would know some, i wouldn’t be able to see their significant signature. I just buy what i like. So theft isn’t alway’s that clear. If someone would have copied a redgrave skin, and someone comes allong and sees a pretty skin on a vendor for a *likely to be right* price, they just buy it. It doesn’t have a sign anywhere floating above it saying it’s a copy. So i’m guessing 80% of the people that buy stolen content don’t even know it. So there is little to no use of informing the public about content theft in my opinion. I don’t know a way to avoid copy theft, but i do know that it’s something the creator & LL should try to stop. Because the consumer just isn’t aware in most cases.
    Oh about the comment about the stolen car ? Did you ever visit a prison ? Those things seem to be filled with people that really do want that car they can’t afford.
    Just my 2 $ents


  2. Seing i can’t edit my post, i would like to add something.
    There is a way to limit copy theft, that would be just buying at the *A-brands* in SL. But doing that won’t give the new creators a chance to grow and become one of those selective few. I mostly shop at little store’s and try to promote those new creators. (and chances are smaller you walk into a crowd only to find out there are atleast 10 other male’s with the same outfit lol)


  3. There are so many good quality free or inexpensive skins, hairstyles, and fashions that it’s absurd for anyone to try to justify the use of stolen items.

    Every time I go to Redgrave, I have people ask me for Lindens so they can buy a skin… I send them here. It’s like going to Neiman-Marcus and begging for money to buy a YSL suit, because you only have enough for something from the Gap, and that’s not good enough. Just goofy.

    I do think part of it is education. If Second Life did a better job of directing people to some of this quality affordable merchandise, they might not feel like everything free is poor quality (as is so much of the stuff in the free areas geared toward new avatars.)


  4. “Some of the foreign people say: it is too long and I don’t know English. But do you really think it is an excuse?”

    It’s really not. How hard is it to throw text into a translator? Sure you might get a slightly wonky version of things, but it still gets the point across. 😐
    Ignorance is not only not an excuse, it’s the worst excuse.


  5. I want to congratulate for the excellent article.

    I am brazilian and i never use nothing copied.
    My brazilian friends are contrary to the CoPy/bot and in such a way fight in yours islands the thieves and deliverers.

    I would like that all understood that nor all the brazilians are in favor of this type of blow. Sometimes we suffer some kind of discrimination, unfortunately, but we try to fight against this negative image showing that also we are worthy and respectable.