The End Of Selling Objects?
The libsl group has produced a program called copybot, which, among other things, allows one to log on to the SL servers and copy objects belonging to other people.
There was a bit of furor a while back about the program GLIntercept. GLIntercept is a program that intercepts the OpenGL data being sent from LL and copies it, thus allowing one to copy textures received for display by secondlife.exe.
I think at least one person was suspended (not banned) from SL for mentioning GLIntercept in the LLSL forums.
Copybot is able to perfectly reproduce objects, along with their textures. The statue or piece of furniture one worked so hard to create in hopes of selling it can be recreated flawlessly by Copybot. Recreated flawlessy but not identically – the creator field will be different, the version produced by the Copybot proram will show the name of the account the Copybot program used to log in with, not the person who actually created the object design.
Linden Lab suppressed discussion of GLIntercept in its forums. GLIntercept is a program created entirely outside of and distinct from Second Life and Linden Research, but LL has been and is aiding in the creation of copybot, along with the libsl’s other projects.
Linden Lab took disciplinary action against SL users for talking about GLIntercep because it aided in copy and sale of the result of texture creator’s efforts, despite the fact that is was not an exploit of a flaw in SL, but now it aids a group in the creation of a system that allows reproduction and sale of an object creator’s work.
If SL objects and collections of SL objects are copyrightable works of art, and LL claims to respect the IP rights of SL users, then why are they aiding in the production of a program that overlooks, evades, and destroys those rights?
October 13, 2008: This is an old post. I am getting hostile comments and no enlightening or interesting comments on it, so I’m closing comments.