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Who are the main users of OpenSim?

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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:

        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.