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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

  • hey Maria, next time you do an ad showing an Avatar, give me a ring and I will model it for ya. In Metropolis, of course, ’cause she is fine lookin’!! Heck, I will even do it for free-))

    • I’m always worried about licensing issues. With my own avatar, I know where everything came from — in this particular case, my own modifications of Linda Kellie objects. (The avatar skin is based on a my own photo.)

      But it *would* be nice to have a collection of stock images that people can use, without worrying about license terms.

      If you can point to some — say, a Flickr set? — with all the license terms spelled out, that would be fantastic. But everything needs to be CC0 licensed, to allow for commercial use.

      Hypergrid Business could also use an in-world photographer or photo editor, if anyone wants to volunteer for the job. We can’t pay, except for a credit line (yet), but your work would definitely be seen!

      • Photographer? Actually, I might like to do that myself. Some of my photos can be seen here:

        http://minethere.blogspot.com/2013/04/metropolis-grid.html

        I will leave it to you to contact me if your interested. You know how-))

        Everything I wear is given freely in the open metaverse, but I sure do not wish to try and figure out where it all came from and do all that stuffs, so I guess I am out of my promising modeling career with HGB…darnit!!

        • Wow, you do take some great pictures!

          For editorial content — the pictures used to illustrate articles — provenance is not an issue. So, say, if you went out in the street and took general pictures of things to illustrate a news story, you would not have to identify all the brands everyone wore. Or if you take pictures of a game to illustrate a game review. That’s all part of the media exception, part of the fair use section of the copyright law. In the U.S., you can even take unflattering pictures of celebrities and put them on cover of magazines. Yeay for media rights!

          If you want to be an advertising model, that’s where provenance is key. I recommending creating a “clean” avatar where everything in the inventory is one of the following:

          * CC0 licensed. This includes all the Linda Kellie content, but not all OpenSim Creations content — some of the latter is licensed CC-NC, which is not only for non-commercial use.

          * Made by yourself, or adapted by yourself from CC0-licensed content.

          * Third party content where the original creator specifically licensed it to you for commercial work. Be sure that the creator made everything from scratch, or based on CC0 licensed parts, or based on parts that they have commercial licenses for. Save the license or usage terms with the content, such as in an attached notecard or via a link in the description line, for proper attribution later on.

          • ty-)) I like taking photos of regions, especially other peoples-)) mainly to showcase the talent in the metaverse.

            Most of what I wear nowadays is by Avia Bonne and some by Lani Global….dunno, really, that is to much to do….I would rather take photos…lol

          • If you — or anyone else — wants to take pics of cool destinations, just email me the pic (or URL of the Flickr page or set), and its hypergrid address.

            My email: [email protected]

            I’ll add them to Hyperica. But it must be somewhere hypergrid-enabled. (Since Hyperica is a hypergrid directory!)

            I also regularly need photos and illustrations for for breaking news stories and features. Right now, I’m writing up some how-tos, a story about 3rd Rock Grid, and a story about the Oculus Rift. I’d love to have an illustration of an in-world avie wearing the Oculus Rift to visit another virtual world! 🙂 (And, since it’s an illustration for an article, CC-NC clothing is fine.)

          • Ah, 3rg was my home for a time. I still have a shop there. I used to live on the Elsewhere region that Linda had rented.

            I like that grid and I terraformed around 30 of their grid-owned regions for them a bit back for them, for free. Mainly because Linda was active there then and I liked the owners and staff.

            BLT is one of them if you wish to go see it. Ask laz or Sunny what I did there.

            You are free to take any of my photos on that link I gave you. All the regions owners gave permission to take them and publish them also-))