Thursday, October 2, 2008
I'm planning a few more sculpty boxes, hoping to get a few new products out there before the end of the year. Fun challenge, what with a book tour starting in San Francisco two weeks from today. I do want to do a couple of seasonal boxes: one for fall/Thanksgiving and one for winter/Christmas. I've also had requests for tents and for beanbags. I'd like to do dressed rock shapes for building and a box for shoe parts. We'll see how much I can get done on the road...
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Finished and put on the market my sixteenth Box o' Sculpties. These are my prim-and-texture sculpty packs, as the name would tend to imply. This one is all about pillows. The most difficult part was figuring out what, exactly, to include. I want to include a fairly complete range of products in each box, so in this one I included two different collections of pillows: first, the SL-perfect, flawless pillows. Second, some more realistic, bent, lumpen pillows. Hopefully anyone in search of a place to rest their avatar's weary head will find something they like. Only L$400 for 96 pillows. A bargain!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Linden Lab found the infringing product at last and have removed it! Huzzah! I shall have to continue to cruise the grid for my work being sold as the work of others, but just at this moment I stand on a field of victory, avenged. Well, okay, I'm actually lying on a sofa, but you know...
Monday, July 14, 2008
Ten days after I mailed my DMCA report to Linden Labs and the result-- no action! Why? Because they could not find the offending product. How is this possible? Because the guilty party moved it from one of his shops to another.
Honestly, LL... I'm not asking for Hercule Poirot here. Would it kill you to check the guy's shops? I sent you pictures of the product with my graphics on the prim box, and a picture of my product with the graphics right there. The same snapshot of the same products.
The offending product is in your computers, LL. I gave you the guy's name and his company name.
I guess this means I have to chase this object around SL, file a new DMCA report every time it shows up, and then wait for LL to not find it because he's moved it?
Beauty. I AR'ed the guy again. I can't send another DMCA until I get over the flu and stop being contagious. Then I guess I'll jump through the hoop again.
Linden Labs-- bringing you Eastern Bloc Bureaucracy nearly twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
And now my AR has become a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) report to Linden Labs. The infringer sells sculpts stolen from at least three people and also sells lots and lots of scripts. What are we guessing that these are either (1) also stolen, or (2) freebies? Yeesh.
Anyone who happened to buy the infringer's product and finds their way here, IM me and let me know the product you bought and I'll replace the item with the real one.
Your friendly sculpty maker,
Friday, July 4, 2008
Sent in my second ever abuse report. The first was nearly a year ago. I was but a child in SL back then (figuratively, LL, figuratively!). and got griefed in a sandbox. How unique and original, I know. Today, something more interesting. I got an IM from a fellow sculpty maker. He let me know that he had found one of my sculpty sets for sale in its entirety by someone else. I can't call this person a sculpty maker, because if they were they would not need to steal my work.
My sculpty boxes are all full-perm sculpties, of course, with full-perm textures. The boxes themselves are modify-only. I know I'm relying on the personal honor of others not to re-sell the contents as-is. The person in question today was so lazy all they did was shovel everything in a new box and slap my sculpty finder on it with their graphics! I had made the finder modify only, but several people have asked for it for their workshops, so I always sent them along. And will continue to do so.
Just checked my records-- I only sold the guy this box two days ago. I feel better that he hasn't been making money for months on this. And better because I was in that shop last month looking for scripts!
It's a small world, is SL.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The Author: Lorelei Armstrong
The Avatar: Rusalka Writer
The Products (RL): In the Face, Iota Publishing, October 2008, available on Amazon.
The Products (SL): A line of antique, historically-accurate beverage services, a line of full-perm sculpties, Hawaiian fishhook necklaces, and iron skirts (yes, really), available in-world and on SLEX.
Another Second Life blog breathes its first. The point of this one? To describe the various and sundry products of an Accidental Builder, and offer a few observations, where relevant, about Second Life.
Why did I join? Long story short, and all that. In 1998 I wrote a novel. Said novel featured Second-Life-like elements. Said novel was not well-understood. Fast-forward nearly ten years and book sells. Book is not only well-understood, it has genre-drift, and has gone from being a science fiction novel to being a mystery.
Author joins Second Life to promote book. Author discovers capitalist wonderland. Author makes first forty cents and is hooked. Author wrestles with Blender and finds painful happiness.