Friday, August 22, 2008

~*FBG*~ Compliance with DMCA Instructions as per LL

As per the previously shared DMCA Notification from the LL Removals Department:

"Linden Lab respects the rights of both Second Life residents and copyright owners. In compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), 17 U.S.C. § 512, we ask that you remove or disable access to the above-identified work(s) from all locations including your inventory. If you do not do so within two business days, please be aware that Linden Lab intends to expeditiously remove, or disable access to, the allegedly infringing work(s)."

Dez & I Disabling Our Vendors.

After receiving the request from LL, and writing our first blog post on August 20/08, my partner Dessert Furst and I went shop to shop and edited our vendors, removing them from sale, yet leaving them in place on the racks in the bakery shops. I updated my profile to explain that the items were temporarily deactivated, and I also went to far as to remove from sale the fat-pack box that INCLUDES the same necklace, even though it was not specifically identified in the DMCA Notification. We then moved on to our SLX and OnRez account, listing that took me hours to create, and de-listed all the items highlighted in the notification, as well as the fat-pack.

We did not remove the items from our inventory by deletion, which I imagine is the only way one could do this, as we believe when this is resolved we will continue to be able to sell our Necklace, and therefore needed our copies for future sales if needed. We created them, it took hours upon hours of work, and we just couldn't delete/destroy our hard work, although we would have never distributed the items in any way until a resolution is reached.

It was incredibly difficult to do this, as we know we have done nothing wrong, but we did it because we are law abiding individuals, who believe that this process is meant to protect creators like us should we ever find someone had copied/stolen our content. We are trying to look at this from both sides, but really, it all feels very one sided.

We Will Continue to Update Our Customers and Supporters As The Process Continues.


Ana Lutetia said...

I hope everything turns out good.

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