From OSGrid to the Main Grid

In my adventures on OpenSIM (as Instant Blue on OSgrid), I have found it hard to come accross anything to change parcel radio stations. There are also other problems in what you see may not be legal. (Someone may have imported something that they shouldn’t have, and shared it with the grid). To work around the problem, I made my own little boombox script that lets me change stations according to my mood. I have found it to be very handy.

On the main grid, I started having that desire to switch stations again with the simple interface of my boombox, but I didn’t have anything close at hand in my inventory. I went ahead and pulled my boombox script from the OSgrid and created the boombox on the mainland.

This brings up some interesting thoughts, as people are often complaining about stolen content making it’s way to the OpenSIM grids. Although this is a script that I wrote myself, I am a bit concerned about the protection of content on the OpenSIM grids. Some of them have permissions enforced to prevent you from modifying, copying and looking at objects. However, the administrators of the grid may be able to work their own magic to bypass the permissions that content creators have setup. The same could be said about the Lab’s capabilities as well, but there is a stronger sense of trust with the lab along with legal actions that can be taken.

If I create something on an OpenSIM grid, is my content protected? Do I retain the IP rights? Are there security holes that I should be worrried about?

I’m sure there are more questions about this, but I’m about to turn in for the night.

posted by Dedric Mauriac on Applewood using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

2 Responses to From OSGrid to the Main Grid

  1. Dedric —

    Legally, you retain all rights to the content that you create unless you specifically transfer those rights to someone else. For example, you can do this by setting the “transfer/no transfer” or “copy/no copy” settings on your OpenSim objects. But you can also do this by using actual contracts (useful when you sell content to businesses).

    All major grids have copyright enforcement policies in place, and will take down infringing content and ban repeat violators. The last thing any grid wants — especially a non-profit like OSGrid — is to have to pay legal fees as a result of copyright violations.

    If you upload content to a private grid — say, MyEvilGridInOuterMongolia — then you will have fewer legal resources to go after the guy running it. Unless he’s only pretending to be in Outer Mongolia, and is really in a nice, civilized country. But he’s probably not going to see too much traffic — after all, who wants to go someplace called MyEvilGrid that has a reputation for ripping off visitors?

    If you do find that someone is infringing on your copyright:

    * First, let the guy know. He might be doing it accidentally, and will immediately take the content down.

    * If he refuses, let the grid administrators know. They’ll take the content down from the grid inventories, and lean on the infringer to make sure he doesn’t do it again. If he does, they’ll kick him off the grid.

    * If the bad guy is the grid administrator himself, let the hosting company know. Hosting companies don’t want to be havens for content pirates — they’re in a low margin, commodity business and one lawsuit could wipe them out.

    * If none of these work, spread the word among the main forums and websites letting people know to avoid that particular grid. If they’ve stolen your content, they might steal other peoples’ stuff, too. Also, inform the folks who told you about that grid in the first place. For example, if you found it in the Gridhop or Metaverse Ink search engines, they’ll be more than happy to take the link down rather than keep sending folks to an evil grid. If you found it listed on a blog, or the Hypergrid Business hypergrid destination list, please speak up!

    Finally, if there’s a high enough demand for your content that you think people might seek out illegal copies on their own, make it easy for them to buy or get legal ones. Offer a free scaled-down version of the product for those on tight budgets, and a full version or a version with customer support for other customers.

    — Maria Korolov
    Editor, Hypergrid Business

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