3D content creators form union

A few friends, colleagues, and fellow creators have a need to band together. Our intention is to gather creators and artists from all “virtual reality” platforms in order to collect, and organize factual information about rights and responsibilities of content creators. By working together, we believe that many of us will be able to speak with one voice.

It is for our common good that we extend invitations to individuals as well as, content creators groups from all platforms. Please join us in an effort to set base standards for the handling of our members and their creations.

We are a group that is determined to help make changes for the better of all original content creators in the metaverse.

As a Union, we need to stay informed and fully understand what constitutes a copyright infringement. This ensures that the appropriate actions are taken to protect copyrighted work and the customers that purchase an individual’s content.

As creators of intellectual content we are responsible for our own work. Currently it has been up to the individual creator to take legal action when alleged infringement occurs.

The Content Creators Union will support and assist creators in facilitating this process. The DMCA is a legal action that creators have as an option to protect copyrighted work. We will investigate each claim as soon as possible and ask our members when taking action against possible violators to give them the benefit of doubt.

Keep in mind that each violation may be a case of unwitting piracy. Each member of the CCU is a representative, and therefore responsible for the CCU’s reputation, and good will.

Members are encouraged NOT to:
• Engage in personal attacks
• Use inflammatory language aimed at slandering another.
• Take illegal actions, or actions that run contrary to Terms of Service for the grids we operate in

Members can expect help with:
• The criteria, time frame and method of executing DMCA’s
• How the content is to be distributed on the grid / platform
• How content purchased by grid owners and their team members may be used
• Security to protect against copyboted, illicit content, and piracy.
• How content of the CCU members is handled if a grid changes hands, merges or is bought out.

Creating a grassroots organization costs time and money. All finances will be posted on the first of each month for members to view. If we find the need to hire legal, council and have the funds, they will be used for that purpose. Keep in mind that attorneys are expensive so they should be used as a last resort. The CCU will accept donations however; we will not be collecting dues.

We encourage all content creators to join our union.

Founding Members:

  • Michael Sietz, also known as “Michael Somerset” in Second Life, InWorldz, Avination and SpotON3D
  • Linda Henson, active in SpotON3D
  • Martine Goossens, also known as “10 Gooson” of M&M Creations, active in Second Life, InWorldz, and SpotON3D
  • Marc Goossens, also known as “Marcthur Gooson” of M&M Creations, active in  Second Life, InWorldz, and SpotON3D
  • “Ixmal Supermarine,” active in Second Life and SpotON3D
  • “Francisco Koolhoven,” active in Second Life, Island Oasis and SpotON3D
  • Anna Sawers, also known as “Kitteh Noir” and “Kyoto Ying,” active in Second Life, IMVU and SpotON3D

 

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Michael Sietz

Michael Sietz started his career as a virtual content creator by making animations in Second Life with the help of Linda Kellie, with whom he co-founded Lotsa Balls. He is also the founder of Ball Mart, which has had a presence on four different grids. Sietz is currently CFO of Digital Worlds Group LLC, which builds re-creations of historic sites for local, national and international ministries of history, tourism and education.

  • Vanish

    So… what is it that you *do*?

    • Joe Builder

      lol promote hidden agendas 🙂

  • Hey Michael. Looking at the roll call of names up there I rather suspect it is SpotON building up a postion from which to strike back at the Open Metaverse community. Maybe a witch hunt to root out suspected piracy Master minded from SpotON HQ. Please assure me this is not your intention and do explain why SpotON should take a lead in this given that they are not exactly a part of the Opensim community and have taken from it without giving anything back other than patent threats and general grief of late. Do you honestly expect me or anyone in the rest of the FREE Metaverse to buy this from a grid that is not just a walled garden but has been set up as a walled Metaverse indeed?

    • Michael Sietz

      I make and sell animations on more than one grid. I don’t work FOR SO3D. Honestly I would much rather chase LL down for their “equal Claim” to intellectual property after charging for uploads, land, advertising and then the exchange. I have no sights set on Free grids. I appreciate the free society. I am a child of free love and free stores in the 60’s. I view Open sim much like the communes of the day. As far as the patents, that is SO3D’s attempt to protect an overlay on the opensim platform not opensim itself. There is no way they could show a case for patent on opensim. And for quite some time SO3D was not allowed to give anything back as they were also in development of a viewer. I hope that sets your mind a bit at ease. Great Comment though

    • Michael Sietz

      Lets keep in mind too that I only included the first 5 members, all people that I work with daily. People that also have a presence on other closed grids. As a footnote, the Content Creators Union is about the creators, so may well go up against SO3D. Who can say what tomorrow will bring.

  • Michael Sietz

    I play chess…lol

  • Thank you and I guess we will just have to wait and see what others have to say. From where I stand the initiative, while good in principle, dose have SpotON written all over it and that might prove something of a handicap given recent history.

    BTW, I would not describe the free Metaverse as a commune. Most, I think, are far too independent of mind for that. Many people do actually want to build businesses selling content in a semi-secure environment that Hypergrid 2 might offer in the near future where customers can travel and enjoy the events, activities and entertainment across the Metaverse on those grids that choose to enable HG. This is the greater market we are looking forward to and have high hopes for. I personally hope the barriers will come down and people can travel and shop on many grids. This will be great for business and a Union like you set up might well be just what is needed to instil confidence in the minds of merchants who are still undecided.

    The walled garden approach is a crude form of security and shuts out the rest of the Metaverse meaning basically, if you want to own stuff in OUR grid then here you must stay on the grid to enjoy it. Basically the Second Life model.

    Problem with that is that the grids are all too small, struggling and unlikely to grow much bigger on their own. I’m not saying any of the closed grids are bad but why leave Second Life which has so much more to offer than any small grid over here?

    What we have over here is the chance to build a much bigger market with lower costs and considerably more freedom so the barriers must come down eventually or it’s just not worth the bother. No single grid will ever grow as big as the open Metaverse can. Mark my words.

  • Oh lordy Gaga … LOL Really???? REALLY!!! I feel like someone could say SpotON3D fed a million starving children and you’d find a way to twist that into some bully blog about patents and some other off topic response that suits your hate-driven point of view. It would be downright entertaining in all its silliness, if it didn’t end up in intimidating good people into silence, for fear you’d pounce all over them for stating their opinion.

    I am going to say this loud and clear … SpotON3D is NOT BEHIND the CCU. How you get that this is a SpotON3D agenda because they simply listed us as one of the many grids they are active in is just RIDICULOUS. Are you going to assume INworlds is part of a SpotON3D agenda too? How about AviNation? Let’s all hand GAGA a nice aluminium helmet to protect her as she goes off on her little conspiracy theory rants once again. LOL Sorry .. just have to put some humor in all this guys. Its just too outrageous not to.

    IMHO, all this shows is that you’ve got an irrational addiction to bully blogging at any cost to the community. Stop using other people’s posts to be a bloody pulpit for your hate campaign and go get some help with that addiction.
    @ anyone else reading this – Please ignore the pot-stirrer named Gaga. Don’t become her FIX for drama.

    • Wow, when it comes to stirring the drama pot you sure jump in with both feet. What was that you wrote up there Michael?

      “Members are encouraged NOT to Engage in personal attacks”

      And there I was trying to be conciliatory seeing the idea a good in Principle and even ask Michael to assure us this was not something cooked up by SpotON.

      I think you should have kept quiet Tessa.

      The post invited comments and i have a point of view. Its called free speech but you don’t like that do you Tessa and when it comes to hate you know how to dish it out – as above and on my blog too. Whoops, you didn’t use my blog as a pulpit of course.!

      Gah, what’s the point *laughs* Publicity at any price, eh?

      • *Points to the pot-stirrer and shakes her head* LOL

        I stated my point of view too – that I think your addicted to the attention you get from this type to thing – NOTHING was said about SpotON3D in the CCU’s press release. NOTHING was said about patents either. THIS WAS ABOUT the CCU and my opinion here is MINE not the CCU’s or any of its members. Yet you could not resist starting a fight where there was no connection.

        And now you’re here defending your right to do this to these folks by desperately trying to vilify me for POINTING THIS OUT??? Really?!?!
        THIS HAS GOT TO STOP ! It can only hurt the community as a whole. Closed grid doesn’t mean anti-open grid or vice versa.

        Soooo if freedom of speech means you can say anything about anyone … if freedom of speech means you can turn a press release into a pulpit to spread such negativity at any costs, then I guess that gives me license to fight fire with fire. Every time someone says something about GAGA I’ll come out and say how you are our BIGGEST supporter and rave about how great we are and how much we love you for being there for us 😀 Setting my Google Alert right now LOL> 😛

  • No thanks.

    • Michael Sietz

      I certainly will be on the watch for that type of behavior. I spent 5 years in the U.S. Navy and saw a bunch of that. I really want to be inclusive and keep a balance that doesn’t take to the childish stuff. You are welcome not to join. The CCU will only be after people that are infringing on IP of individuals that have a real claim to infringement. If you are giving your work away, that is your right. I served for peoples rights before and that hasn’t changed. And thank you for bringing up EFF. I was unaware and will look into it.

      • You already have two problems.

        You are organizing a group to help content creators protect their rights, yet you are unaware of the EFF, one of the best known groups that fight copyright trolls, ACTA, SOPA and more, including fighting to improve the DMCA and copyright laws in other nations.

        The second problem is the fact that not everyone falls under the jurisdiction of the DMCA. My content on grids such as InWorldz and Created Worlds fall under the DMCA.because those are American grids. But I am Canadian and Misfit’s Folly is my own online instance and so it falls under the jurisdiction of Canadian copyright law.

        • Michael Sietz

          I think that is only 1 problem, answering this post interrupted my reading on the EFF

          • The problem isn’t that you were/are unaware of EFF but the fact that you haven’t done your ‘homework’. This really detracts from your credibility.

          • Thank you for pointing me to the EFF. While they are focused more on consumer protection, the CCU is focused on CREATORS protection. The EFF would be a welcome resource to keep union members from making unfounded claims of copyright.

          • My home work was done, the EFF is on the opposite end of what our group is trying to do. The EFF is great for what it does, but it is NOT there to protect the arists rights. We are talking apples and oranges. Now the credibility “ball” is in your court. I don’t understand your premise. We are / will be a band of creators working together to assert our rights. I am only one person stepping up to lead

          • There is no “ball” here, this isn’t a game that is going to go back and forth. It just seems to me that anyone who is interested in copyright and intellectual property protection would have at least heard of EFF. How can people take you seriously if you don’t know who and what else is involved in similar issues?

            Credibility, or being taken seriously, is one of the biggest hurdles a new organization has to get over. It can be and has been the death of many groups, despite their goals and hard work.

            While I am not likely to join CCU, I am in favour of anyone who will fight for the rights of others, although you may not believe that once you read my blog. (I read CCU’s site and wrote a rather lengthy piece on it).

          • The EFF does not protect the creator. You say I have a credibility issue. Would I also have a credibility issue if asked “what do you see in this barn?” If my answer is “thousands of chickens” am I wrong when you point out that there is a duck in there too?

  • OK, I just wrote several emails explaining why I wasn’t going to step in and shut this discussion down, but it’s getting a little off-topic.

    Gaga, Tessa: Please take the patent discussion elsewhere (feel free to post links).

    Michael is writing here about protecting content creators. I’m all in favor of protecting content creators, and “strength in numbers” applies well here.

    What I would like to see is suggestions of what the CCU can do to help protect creator rights in OpenSim. This will help encourage more creators to come over, and help grow the metaverse. Which is, at the end of the day, what we all want.

    • Michael Sietz

      Thank You…I am happy to answer questions, any questions. But I do agree lets stay on topic Content Protection

      • Vanish

        Yes, okay, so let me ask you again: What/how can the CCU help creators? What exactly do you do for them? Is it legal advice? Financial backing? A forum? I just don’t get much actual information out of the above post.

        • check our website. there is a link in my profile

          • Vanish

            Look: I wouldn’t ask if your website had any actual information on it. From what I’ve read is that you discuss among yourselves best practices and you do some DMCA advice/file it on members behalf. So I really am wondering what it is you *do* that benefits creators.

            I’m not adverse to joining public groups; I’m a card-carrying and paying member of the EFF, but I am because I know what they do and I applaud and support their efforts. With the CCU, I don’t know what it is you do, what your policies are, what problem you’re trying to fix and how you fix it.

            So, for the third and last time: What the hell is it the CCU does that isn’t already being done/ can’t be done otherwise/ makes joining the CCU valuable to members?

          • Vanish please read the Charter and Articles page. The front page is just an intro. And if you like you are free to download animations that I made and am offering free of any license in BVH. Also I have taken the time to create tutorial videos on the use of Qavimator.

          • Vanish —

            I’d like to chime in here, based on my experience in the National Writers Union and the Society of Professional Journalists.

            1. The members set the course of the organization. If there is strong interest in doing something, and people step up to lead the effort, it will get done.

            2. The very fact that there is an organization, and that it can act on behalf of members, can be a strong deterrent to bad action. Right now, a creator that has a dispute with a customer and can’t afford a lawyer has nowhere to go. Some write to me, but I typically don’t get involved in these disputes and write articles unless there’s a pattern there, and I can get several people to go on the record. An organization can step up and intervene in a dispute, or go public with a warning notice to other creators, press releases, calls for boycott, etc…

            3. An organization can be a news source, ready to take calls from reporters, generate press releases, publish reports about best and worst grids, set best practices, etc… Right now, there is nobody I can think of to call, off the top of my head, to give me “the creator point of view” on stories who can talk on the record and with authority.

            4. An organization can be a place for networking and mentoring and education among members, a place where people can find each other to form teams for bigger projects, or find partners for startup companies.

            5. There’s nothing keeping people from being members of more than one organization, or starting new organizations with a different focus. In fact, one way that customers evaluate their vendors is to look at what professional organization they are members of, and what roles they play in those organizations — it shows that they are proactive about maintaining their skills and contacts, and are respected by their peers.

          • Vanish

            Okay, so you’re saying the purpose of the group is for there to be a group? That’s kinda like Cory’s security syllogism: “something must be done, I am doing something, something has been done”.

          • This is it in a nutshell. I don’t want to be a troll of any kind. I only seek to gather together creators to speak as a single voice. To be reasonable in our efforts to uphold and assert our rights as artists. And hope to assist grid owners in resolving issues. I really only look forward to helping in these cases. I will not be working alone, I truely believe that 1,000 heads are better than one.

          • Vanish

            I read that. I read the charter. I read the articles. I’m still none the wiser.

            Maybe I’m expecting too much, but the creationist in me is looking for that mythical moment when the founding fathers came together after much toil and grief to form the address to the union and set the controls for the future.

            I have no clue what you’re trying to fix. Hell, I don’t even know if you want extended copyrights, or protect each other from copyright cases, or want to push for less copyright protection, or better licenses, or whatever. Likewise, I don’t know if anyone in your group has the expertise to actually give adequate counsel on these issues. Or how you’re funded. Or if you’re even eligible to file a DMCA for your members. (Isn’t there some kind of legal expertise necessary for that?)

            Whatever, I’m just baffled. This reads to me like “7 friends form a group” which is something that happens every hour in SL and usually doesn’t warrant a press release. So I guess I’m just wondering what members will get from joining your group. Right now, it seems they get to read your website, which, you know, isn’t better than what non-members get.

  • Larry Rosenthal

    https://www.graphicartistsguild.org/
    http://www.idsa.org/

    if you feel you need them and don’t want to just be another cultist of the meta.

    • thank you those are great assets for the people that they are set up to help.Though I don’t consider us to be cultist. The niche that we serve doesn’t fit in the arena served by those websites

      • Larry Rosenthal

        of course they can.. thats why you join them and expand the nitty gritty… though they already have tons of info and history thats real and applicable. the niche you think you alone can serve is exactly why you/ and soo many others who think an “avatar” matters, is why indeed, youre a cult.;) i didnt say your were a purple sneaker wearing cult 😉 or even a scifi pulp writers cult, or the Essines either.;)

        • Larry Rosenthal

          or the EFF…now there’s a cult:)

  • can i form a cult? no secret handshakes, just a big geeky USB drive with SoaS on your key ring and maybe a secret wink? =)

  • Great stuff. Make sure to add a way to inform your designers of companies who may have work for them as well.

    You be surprised how hard it is to find good imaginative designers who can think in 3D.

  • Samantha Atkins

    IP as we know it today is soundly in the way of the future many of us dream of. It wouldn’t have allowed much of what most vociferously supports it in its current form to have ever come into being!

    For a viable future we must reward creators and keep attribution when desired without limiting the freedom, creativity, and richness of the base from which we build new things.

    A group claiming to be for creators needs to stand solidly for richness and breadth of creation – not the dubious over-protection of the creations of yesteryear beyond all need to honor and reward said creators.

  • Guest

    Promote Hidden agendas?

  • Don

    Hello Mr President is the Union a registered entity/union in Real Life ?