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Linden Lab Sends Out Statement On Creator Rights


On Tuesday 6th November Linden Lab issued a statement on creator rights and IP protection for creating content in Second Life. In this statement the lab are clarifying their position on content protection and mentioning how serious this actually is.

In the statement the lab writes “recently, there’s been some debate about one of the more esoteric aspects of content creation, which impacts many in our community”. That debate is around the use of UV maps in mesh heads apparently. There has been a report of one designer issuing DMCA notices against many creators in Second Life.

It’s been made clear that Linden Lab will “always comply with the DMCA process and continue to determine the validity of each DMCA notice (and any counter-notice) on a case-by-case basis”.

Here is the full blog announcement for more details…

At Linden Lab we appreciate and support the creativity of our community – a community based on the very idea that the only limit to your creativity is your imagination. That is why we feel it is important to clarify our stance on and process for the protection of community-created content. Our goal is to nurture the overall creative and competitive ecosystem that enables each member of our community to prosper — even when that means making difficult determinations in disputes between our Creators.

While we cannot comment publicly with a definitive analysis of any one case or dispute, we want to reassure our community that we closely consider all perspectives (and applicable law) before arriving at any dispute determination. When there is disagreement in our community over the integrity of a creation, we strive to be fair in our review of the facts. In particular, we do not take actions for or against any Creator lightly as we know that our Creator community is passionate about and protective of their work.

So, why make this statement now?

Due to the size of the Second Life economy and its user base, there will always be Creator conflicts and complaints under review. Recently, there’s been some debate about one of the more esoteric aspects of content creation, which impacts many in our community. For example, one high-profile complaint under review deals with a fundamental question about whether UV mapping can be considered proprietary and protect-able or part of the public domain.

Linden Lab recognizes that there are passionate arguments to be made on both sides of this and similar discussions. However, the determining factors are quite nuanced and not easily assessed without a closer review of the facts in the context of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (or DMCA).

Ultimately, Linden Lab will always comply with the DMCA process, and continue to determine the validity of each DMCA notice (and any counter-notice) on a case-by-case basis. That is precisely why we have a team dedicated to reviewing all properly-submitted IP claims and determining the fairest outcome within the guidelines of the policies and laws governing the process, which is described in the Intellectual Property Infringement Notification Policy.

We are ever-amazed by the ways this community utilizes the Second Life platform for creativity. Keep innovating – you make Second Life even better as we roll out new features and tools to create with — and keep supporting your fellow Creators!

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Get 50% off your first payment on a new monthly Premium Membership subscription


Get 50% off today!

Within the past hour Linden Lab have announced an new exclusive promotional price of 50% off your first payment on a new monthly Premium Membership subscription. The offer started today at 8am PDT/SLT and will expire on 5th November 2018.

Premium members will also receive a L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$300 stipend, exclusive access to Premium sandboxes, exclusive gifts, a personal home which has now expanded to 1024 instead of 512 and much more.

Here is the full blog announcement on the new 50% discount… 

Treat yourself to a Premium Second Life membership at an exclusive promotional price starting today – for a limited time, get 50% off your first payment on a new monthly Premium Membership subscription.*

Premium members receive a L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$ stipend, your own personal home (which is now 1024 instead of 512), and exclusive gifts like the current spook-tacular Haunted Campsite (pictured). As a Premium member, you also enjoy many other benefits, like exclusive access to Premium Sandboxes inworld (where you can create and meet other Premium members), priority access to crowded Regions and events, expanded customer support, and increased missed IM caps and group membership limits.

Upgrade to Premium and start enjoying the benefits now!

*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT

This offer begins on October 25, 2018 at 8AM Pacific Time (PT) and expires on November 5, 2018 at 8AM PT. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life (“SL”) basic account or create a new account, and 2) select monthly (every one month) billing for your SL account. The fifty percent (50%) discount will be applied to your first month’s bill and future months will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$9.50 per one month). For new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership, after initial login through the Second Life viewer following upgrade to Premium Membership and: 1) following your first full week, the L$300 weekly stipend will be deposited to your account every Tuesday for the duration of your Premium Membership; and 2) after your account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days, the L$ sign-up bonus will be deposited to your account.

Will you be upgrading your account to Premium over the Halloween holidays ?

Ebbe Altberg Will Be Appearing At A Town Hall Chat Session On 13th September 2018


Ebbe Linden at SL15B

Within the last few hours Linden Lab have announced that the CEO of Linden Lab Ebbe Altberg will be appearing at a live Town Hall chat session on Thursday 13th September 2018 at 9.30am SLT/PDT.

Ebbe Altberg will be talking about the latest updates on whats being worked on in Second Life and what is being planned including specific updates on the product development roadmap.

Ebbe will be answering questions from the selected submissions from the Second Life community. The location of the live town hall event will be announced near to the actual date of the session.

I am looking forward to attending this town hall chat session because they are always pretty interesting. Read the full blog announcement below…

With SL15B behind us (and SL16B to look forward to!) we thought it was time to have another Town Hall, and give Residents a chance to ask about Second Life and hear the latest news on what is being worked on and planned in Second Life. We’ll also share specific updates on our product development roadmap, as discussed earlier this year.

Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg will be appearing at a  “Town Hall” chat session on Thursday, September 13th 2018 at 9:30 a.m. (SLT/Pacific). This is your chance to interact directly with Ebbe as he discusses 2018 and beyond. 

Got a question you want to ask? Post it in the Community Forum thread “September 2018 – A Conversation with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg” in advance of the Town Hall. Questions will be selected from all submissions made prior to Sept. 10, so make sure to weigh in now!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Sept. 13 to see if your question is selected. On that day, you can join us live for the Town Hall meeting. Location will be publicized closer to the event – stay tuned!

We’ll see you inworld soon!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and please spread the word.

Linden Lab Reduces Private Region Tier by 15%


Ebbe Linden live at SL15B

Ebbe Linden announced a new pricing announcement live at SL15B community celebrations today. A big surprise announcement!

The monthly maintenance fees on Private Estates are dropping by up to 15% and the one-time land set-up fees will be reducing as much as 41%. These new pricing changes come into effect from 2nd July 2018 which is now just a few weeks away.

These discounts are not available for grandfathered/bought down land prices.

Current vs New Pricing Changes 

Linden Dollars Increasing 

The cost to buy Linden Dollars will be increasing to US $1.49 per transaction (compared to the current rate of 99 cents per transaction). Linden Lab are trying to attempt to re-balance the revenue the company makes through the Second Life platform. This increase will help Linden Lab offset the revenues lost on land.

Regions Update as of 17th June 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 204
  • Private Estates: 15, 969
  • Linden Owned: 7, 235