[JIRA] Commented: (VWR-16173) Proposed measures to defeat theft of intellectual property in SL

Dirk Talamasca (JIRA) no-reply at lindenlab.cascadeo.com
Fri Nov 20 12:25:02 PST 2009


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Dirk Talamasca commented on VWR-16173:
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*Dirk: Please give specific, dispassionate, non-dismissive criteria for why you believe each of the proposals is "impractical."

The PJIRA is a technical issue tracker in which participants are encouraged to streamline comments when suggesting a resolution. 

I was well aware of the issues surrounding your request and as TaraLi has so nicely outlined, you can see the impracticality involved with regard to a resolution.

I did not close the issue as a "Won't Fix" but I strongly feel the evidence suggests that is so and I will wait for someone to concur and close the issue.

I am not unsympathetic to the plight of creators. In fact, my position is quite the contrary. Unfortunately, no matter how deep my sympathies may run, they cannot plot a solution to this issue.

> Proposed measures to defeat theft of intellectual property in SL
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>
>                 Key: VWR-16173
>                 URL: http://jira.secondlife.com/browse/VWR-16173
>             Project: 1. Second Life Viewer - VWR
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Building (in-world), Graphics, Land, Performance, Permissions, Scripting, User Interface
>         Environment: All versions of all OS's. This is a universal set of security features to protect intellectual property
>            Reporter: Inovart Tedeschi
>            Priority: Critical
>
> One of the most important aspect of SL is the growing community of graphic artists who both create and import RL art in and into SL.
> Unfortunately, many artists are beginning to re-think whether SL is an acceptable environment to work and exhibit in: It is so easy to take a snapshot of art, that art-makers fear the theft of their visual art. Add to this the reports of actual thefts that have been taking place, and you can see a danger to the artistic development of SL. In conversations on the subject, I have pointed out that theft can also happen on the WWW, yet, everyone still has websites. This argument seldom works, because the fear of IP theft is not always a rational one, and indeed, artists think "It's bad enough that I show my work in *one* theft-prone environment . . . why should I go to the trouble of going into a brand-new, equally-theft-prone second one (SL) and doubling the risk.
> I would like to propose a few new features that could dramatically enhance the IP security in SL and actually make it more secure than the web . . . this would actually act as a magnet for artists, and a selling point for entering and exhibiting in SL:
> 1.) Allow SIM owners to ban photography in their SIMs, and better yet, to permit the finessing of this feature so individual parcel owners within a SIM could block photography altogether, while leaving surrounding areas open to photography. This sort of thing isn't necessarily unprecedented: After all current SIM owners can restrict functionalities like TP, voice, and so on. If that's the case, then why not make it possible for SIM or property owners to suppress photography in galleries and other exhibition spaces (or private homes, for that matter)?
> 2.) Block the "snapshot" capability native to the OS, to prevent a snapshot from outside the SL Viewer.
> 3.) Allow avatar spy/monitor/counter object scripts to detect the snapping of a photograph within the confines of a given area, and to identify the avatar who took the photos. This way, landowners who don't wish to block photography altogether, but who post notices forbidding the practice, can document and provide evidence of the identity of the thief.
> 4.) Begin a discussion of punishment or sanctions under the community guidelines for avatars who steal images using built-in photogrpahic tools of SL.

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