Wednesday, March 26, 2008

inSL Program - exitSL Fun

Logging into Second Life yesterday, a new ToS (Terms of Service) was pushed. As usual, you hardly read these things and click 'accept', but this one is tricky. Especially for bloggers.

The thing is... they've started being picky about the use of the Second Life(TM) logo. On monday the 24th, Linden Lab opened the all new Brand Center;

"With the Brand Center, we’re also launching the inSL Logo Program, which provides a new community logo for Second Life Residents. Display the inSL logo to show you and your brands are a part of the Second Life community. This logo may be used on your website, business card, promotional materials, product packaging, and in many other places where you may wish to promote your contributions to the Second Life world. When using the logo, be sure to follow the Guidelines for Using the inSL Logo."

Be sure to comply, and change your blog. You've got 90 days;

"If, after reading the Trademark Guidelines, you realize you’re using a Linden Lab trademark incorrectly, please use the next 90 days to change your use to comply with the Guidelines. For more information, see our FAQ. Signing up for the inSL Logo program is fast and simple."

Signing up for the inSL Logo program might be fast and simple, changing years of blogging is not, and, what does it actually mean to you and me? As James Wagner Au describes it at New World Notes:

The Lindens have announced a 90 day amnesty for third party sites and individual users which incorporate the company's eye-in-hand logo or the Second Life/Linden Lab name into its material. Extensive FAQ here. An SL bloggers group has an extended conversation here, and offhand, I tend to agree with Kanomi Pikajuna, who says, "A company as dependent as Linden is on the goodwill and contributions of their community cannot possibly be stupid enough as to harass their fans for failing to put a TM after their company name. My guess is these guidelines are there to give them protection and cause to go after bogus currency exchange web sites and other profiteers."

Unsurprisingly, the new policy has caused some ripples of anxiety, particularly among longtime Residents who've enjoyed five years without this being much of an issue. (Especially as it'll apparently impact sites that have long included variations of "second life" in its URL.) Jennyfur Peregrine, for example, who co-launched the annual Second Life Community Convention with the Lindens' blessing in 2005, says, "I know that we are not alone in our contempt for this new decision."

One resident, Rheta Shan, has gone to extremes though in cynically replacing every mentioning of Second Life in her blog to You-Know-Where.

Another way is to replace the old Second Life(TM) logo with the logo of a Dutch shoe manufacturer, called Teva, which basically is the hand...

What happens if I don't agree with this new stuff? I'm going to get kicked out of Second Life (TM). The thing is. I'm a paying resident. I agreed to the terms of service at the time I registered, and when I renewed my subscription. I'm actively considering to not renew my subscription and follow the EXITSL strategy as Linden Lab isn't doing much to keep the fun alive, nor to improve on business usage of the Grid.

PS - there's absolutely no Trademark or Copyright on the EXITSL logo. Use freely.

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Blogger dyerbrookME said...

Can I have your stuff?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 9:49:00 AM  
Blogger VeeJay Burns said...

LOL, The most valuable asset I have in the metaverse are YOU, the readers of my blog ;)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 9:56:00 AM  
Anonymous dandellion Kimban said...

Exactly Veejay, there is much more that second life is made of than just servers and software. There are people, there are their creations, their thoughts. And all that is not going on just connected to the software made by some company in San Francisco. Especially now, when there are another grids. It is foolish moment to try separating from those that makes you alive.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger VeeJay Burns said...

I just noticed a link to this post from Technovia, which goes into the legal stuff of what is going on a bit.

Here's a short extract:
What if your blog is called “The Second Life Foo”? Here, the clear thing you need to do is ensure that there’s no suggestion that it’s created, sponsored, or related to Linden Lab. Just stick the disclaimer that Linden Lab has provided somewhere on your blog.

What if you’ve called your business “Second Life Building Inc”? Here, you’re likely to be on much stickier ground. Consider this: Would you call your company “Coca Cola Building” and expect that to be OK? Best option is to just change your name. You can, however, use the trademark descriptively in your material - ie “We create buildings in Linden Lab’s Second Life virtual world”.

Read the rest of the excellent article here

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 1:07:00 PM  
Blogger dyerbrookME said...

While I wouldn't call myself "Cocoa Cola Rentals," I could see that if I called myself "SL Rentals" originally (I didn't), it would be because I thought I was living inside a country, not a bottle.

So I would call my rentals "American Rentals" in the US and nobody would bat an eye.


Thursday, March 27, 2008 7:43:00 AM  

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