[p2p-research] Second Life restricts free content
michelsub2004 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 09:51:47 CET 2009
step by step we are getting there, this has definitely been a breakthrough
year for the political self-organizing of the movement
this is the best overview for an integrated policy framework so far, and I
really recommend that everyone reads it:
Kosmos Journal People Sharing Resources | Toward a New Multilateralism of
the Global Commons<http://www.kosmosjournal.org/kjo2/library/kosmos-articles/people-sharing-resources.shtml>
The opening decades of this century are a pivotal time in which many of our
current beliefs and practices will be reexamined. During the last century,
the economic and political catastrophes that befell the world inspired an
earlier generation to create a multilateral system defined by an
unprecedented vision of cooperation and security for the international
community. It promised that global private goods (financial investment,
private credit and trade) and global public goods (aid, loans through the
International Monetary Fund and World Bank and other assistance from
international development programs) would resolve the world’s major domestic
and transborder economic problems. But this grand experiment in
international cooperation has failed miserably.
On Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 11:36 PM, Franz Nahrada <f.nahrada at reflex.at> wrote:
> Received this from Michael Gursteins Community Informatics List today.
> very interesting development.
> All that calls for a new, commons-oriented policy but when will critical
> mass be big enough?
> ----- Ursprüngliche Nachricht -----
> Putting up toll booths in (what had been seen as) a commons?
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2009 11:42:32 +0000
> From: marc garrett <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org>
> Reply-To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
> <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
> To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
> <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
> Subject: [NetBehaviour] Second Life To Remove Free Content From Web Search.
> Second Life To Remove Free Content From Web Search.
> "In a move that continues to shake the Second Life community of content
> creators, merchants, and consumers, Linden Labs has declared that free
> virtual content will no longer be searchable without listing payments on
> their website portal
> and additional fees will be added with the intention of discouraging
> content listed for inexpensive selling prices. The move is particularly
> troubling because the online Web listing service is the de facto search
> engine for virtual content in Second Life, since the in-world search
> tools are unable to provide information about an object beyond name and
> location - basic textual descriptions, pictures, or descriptions of
> licensing, size, or content-category are not possible. While initially
> the change was explained as a response to community feedback, the
> residents involved in this feedback process were revealed to be fewer
> than 100 in number, primarily larger merchants among a community of
> millions. Within 24 hours of the announcement, the feedback thread
> (https://blogs.secondlife.com/message/38923#38923) has swelled to over
> 1,000 overwhelmingly negative responses. Additionally, in-world protests
> have erupted throughout the day, and over 20,000 objects have been
> voluntarily removed from the online store by angered merchants."
> Read on for more details on the brouhaha.
> Adding to the controversy are the officially stated justifications in
> the FAQ
> such as 'They [free content listings] hinder the shopping experience
> because a "sort by price" puts all freebies first,' and the perplexing
> statement 'They [free listings] garner so much attention that Residents
> are driven toward the freebies instead of quality, fairly priced items.'
> Various independent virtual content listing sites have been proposed,
> such as Meta-life.net (http://meta-life.net/) and Slapt.me
> (http://slapt.me/), but attempts to post this information on the Second
> Life forums has been met with aggressive administrative censorship of
> these links.
> Found originally on slashdot.org
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