AviWorlds turns off hypergrid for the fifth time

It’s back to the past for AviWorlds this week, as the grid has moved to turn off hypergrid connectivity and start charging for uploads.

By our count, this is the fifth time the grid has turned off hypergrid connectivity after turning it on. The previous time was last winter, not counting times where the grid has turned hypergrid on and off very briefly.

Alexsandro Pomposelli

Alexsandro Pomposelli

Creators will receive a one-time upload fee credit, grid owner Alexsandro Pomposelli told Hypergrid Business.

In the fact, both decisions are designed to protect in-world creators and merchants, it seems, as it will make it harder for people to bring in freebies from other grids, or to upload freely-available content such as Linda Kellie files.

“By imposing an upload fee price it will discourage many people from uploading XML files or copybot [content] into the grid,” Pomposelli said. “And by closing hypergrid, it will prevent residents from bringing in corrupted items and freebies which disrupts the grid’s economy.”

There is also another reason for the grid to turn off hypergrid at this time — it has recently launched an online marketplace.

“With the hypergrid, it is creating a very very unfair market situation for AviWorlds’ Second Life creators that are coming in and creating and listing in our new marketplace,” he said.

The AviWorlds Marketplace currently lists three pairs of jeans.

The AviWorlds Marketplace offers three pairs of jeans.

Currently, the AviWorlds marketplace lists just 215 items.

By comparison, Kitely Market currently lists more than 11,269 unique items, most of which can be directly delivered to other grids.

Now that AviWorlds is no longer hypergrid-enabled, however, Kitely Market deliveries to AviWorlds will also be turned off.

“We will suspend Kitely Market deliveries since we have a tremendous amount of content being created by Second Life creators in our marketplace,” Pomposelli said. “We are self sufficient now.”

It is possible for non-hypergrid grids to allow Kitely Market deliveries — instructions here — but it takes extra effort on the part of the grid. Hypergrid-enabled grids, however, unless they specifically take measures to shut off deliveries, by default accept Kitely Market deliveries. Currently, that includes more than 104 different grids.

DMCA protection

In another effort to protect content on the grid, AviWorlds has signed up with a service from DMCA.com. The company offers a free logo that customers can put on their websites, and a paid service that files DMCA takedown requests on behalf of clients. It also offers a service to look for infringing content on the Web.

None of this offers any benefits to grid owners, however, since it offers no protections at all for in-world content, Google Alerts does a decent enough job to help web owners discover if their photos or articles are copied elsewhere on the Web, and anyone can file a DMCA request for free.

In fact, the main benefit of the DMCA law is not that it protects content — currently copyright laws are in place to do that. The DMCA protects websites, grids, and other content-sharing platforms from being sued in the United States because of illegal content uploaded by users.

In order to benefit from the DMCA protections, a grid has to comply promptly with take-down requests, and to file a registered agent form with the US Copyright Office.

InWorldz, Virtual Highway, DigiWorldz, and Kitely are among the grids that have already registered. This means that they cannot be sued by content creators, as long as they comply with the take-down provisions of the law.

“I will list AviWorlds into that office,” Pomposelli said.

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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.

  • Frank Corsi

    your picture of the marketplace cuts off the top portion where it is a complete copy of seconflife’s marketplace.

    • lol .. didn’t even notice!

    • it’s easy enough to replicate the sl marketplace using a thing called bootstrap which is freely available.
      HOWEVER after just looking at the marketplace website and comparing the html code of aviworlds and sl mp’s it looks to me that aviworlds have infact copied the sl marketplace html code into their own php framework/cms and just replaced secondlife dot com with aviworlds dot us but forgot to rename L$ with their own currency symbol.

      • Alex Ferraris

        You seem so knowledgeable but when AviWorlds was hosted by the company u were working for at the time u couldnt even do a region restore…remember?

        • that’s because tim had a totally different opensim setup then what i was use to and didn’t know where he stored the oar backups.

          • Alex Ferraris

            Ok Chris.
            No bad feelings intended. You seem to be a great person.

          • umm thank you? still not going to do a new mp for you alex. btw sorry for what i said and i do take back the whole copy and paste thing, a friend pointed out that there is a marketplace package on the google code repo thingy that is similar to SL and your MP. so again sorry for accusing you of stealing SL code.

          • I Love AviWorlds!!!! Feel the Love!~ We Had a record week in region sales this week! And We do not need our MP Remade And I know for fact Alex would never ask such a thing we are quite happy with Quills development! Looking forward to the new physics release !!!! Rawr!!!!!!!!!!

    • Alex Ferraris

      If I may Frank. Opensim grids,regions that cloud serve hosts also look alot like SL no?

      • Frank Corsi

        Alex it is not the land regions or items on the land regions or items for sale, its the website shell itself, that you completely copied from secondlife.

        • Alex Ferraris

          No Sir. It may look alike because we wanted residents to feel comfortable with it but even how it works is different than SLs marketplace.
          Opensim is a pure image of SL but the gut is different although I see linden labs name all over it.
          But this is the thing lets bash AviWorlds thats the priority here.

  • Alex Ferraris

    Before I made this decision I consulted with AviWorlds Residents. The majority of the residents who have an understanding of how a grid’s economy is affected if the dors are open for content importation into the grid have told me to go ahead with the HG disabled model.
    I have tried and tried to keep HG enabled but the grid always goes into a direction that there are no benefits to keep it open. It destroys any chance a merchant has to keep a sound business if residents can go out and bring content.
    The reason I have closed Kitely Market delivery is also for the same reason. I have to protect all AviWorlds Merchants now and they are creating many new items. Off course we dont have thousands of items yet but it is going well and I am sure pretty soon we will overcome Kitely Market.
    Residents are buying and selling and this is very important.

  • peter pan

    Great, another marketplace, and one that will be bigger within a year then the one run by Kitely , wow, i’m looking forward to that.
    Saw the items there, hmm, was looking for a jojo, wasn’t there yet, but i’m sure it will next year, after all….if there is one grid familiair with a jojo it must be aviworlds.

    • Alex Ferraris

      No but we do have clown costumes im sure u need one

  • Carlos Loff

    Virtual Lisbon will use the finest Aviworlds Server Services and will become a Self-Hosted World, a Mini-grid, open to all and to everything, so stay tuned

  • Penny Lavie

    au revoir… Penny Lavie ties to recall any aviworlds wingless contribution to the Opensim project.

    • Da Hayward

      well I know of quite a few contributions within AviWorlds itself

  • Tony Anytime

    Alex what is to prevent someone from opening an account with grid and using a copybot to copy everything anyway. Darkstorm for example looks like Firestorm, I don’t think you can prevent it.

    • Alex Ferraris

      Copy Bot is something else. Not even SL can prevent it. The best solution for that is policing it and if you catch it you can suspend the users account. HG TRAVELER I cannot suspend their account and I have no control over their inventories.
      What is being talked about here is the problem I am getting in AviWorlds right now with people going to other grids and bringing in content and not buying anything from our store owners and creators. So I am stopping that. I may create another AviWorlds that will be an open grid to the HG travelling. 🙂
      the upload fee is stopping alot of people from bringing in copies or xml items which usually are copy botted items.
      AviWorlds is supplying CREATORS with a 10000 AV$ credit for uploads.

      • Tony Anytime

        Oh, didn’t realize that you are concerned about people bring in stuff…

  • Alex Ferraris

    AviWorlds HG travels are not yet shut off tho. I may even do what another grid did buy only allowing certain grids that are preventing coby bots from getting in. I am trying my best to adjust to this. A commercial grid needs to protect its borders and market so I am going to use everything I can to not loose the HG but It is a work in progress ok.

    • I’m having trouble following the logic here.

      You have residents. The residents are teleporting out to, say, a Linda Kellie Mall region, grabbing freebies, and bringing them back to AviWorlds instead of buying stuff from your local merchants.

      You also have hypergrid residents, who are teleporting in, attending parties, but not buying anything. (Because they can’t — unless your merchants take PayPal or OMC.)

      By turning off hypergrid, the flow of hypergrid visitors coming in to party or visit friends gets cut off. And local residents are now stuck with the limited content your local creators offer, as opposed to the stuff that’s out there on the hypergrid and Kitely Market.

      Why would anyone agree to this?

      I’m also very confused about the copybot content. If a local resident goes out somewhere else and finds a copybot store and brings back copybot stuff, and, say, puts it down on their land or creates a copybot store or whatever, you can ban that resident. Since they’re local.

      If a foreign hypergrid visitor comes in with copybot stuff — why do you care? They don’t own land. They’re not going to put it down on the grid. If they give it to a local resident and then it winds up in your grid’s inventory, you can get rid of it then (and ban the local resident accepting the smuggled goods, if it’s a recurring problem).

      Plus, you *can* do something about copybot content on the hypergrid. You can let the other grid owner know that they’ve got a problem. And you might find out that the content is actually legally licensed. Or the other grid owner, having been warned, will now keep an eye out and take proactive steps once they find the source of the problem.nobody wants a lawsuit. Every grid is operating on a shoestring — a copyright infringement lawsuit will put them out of business.

      Grids don’t *have* to take down content unless the original creator notifies them, but they can, if they want to. The one thing to avoid is telling everyone that you’re policing content, because then content creators will expect you to take down stuff even if they don’t complain, and then you DO become liable to lawsuits. (Also, if you don’t have a registered agent with the US Copyright office, you’re open to US lawsuits. And Americans love to sue.)

      If a particular grid owner refuses to address the issue — say, they’re running Copybotter Paradise Grid — you can turn off hypergrid access to that particular grid. But I have yet to come across a single grid that is a proponent of stolen content and refuses to comply with take down requests. Even grids that looked the other way in the early days of OpenSim — because there was so little legitimate content — have all cracked down because the amount of legitimate content in OpenSim has just been exploding. And they’ve replaced all their loosey-goosey “donated freebies” stores with Linda Kellie or other original creations.

      The flip side is hypergrid visitors coming in to steal content, but, as many folks are pointing out, thieves can just as easily create a local account and steal content. Except for scripts, turning off hypergrid adds no security. What does add security is export permissions — either via an “export” permission setting, via allowing only full-perm content to travel, or via prohibiting scripts from leaving the grid.

      • > If a foreign hypergrid visitor comes in with copybot stuff — why do you care?

        Since everything a visiting hypergrid visitor wears or use (out of own inventory) while visiting ends up in the grid asset server, there is a certain potential for exposure there.

        • Really? I thought it was only stuff that was rezzed locally — that clothing came out of the source grid’s database and went to the viewer.

          But if a copy is saved locally, is there any practical way that this could hurt a grid, if the content doesn’t actually appear on the land anywhere? Although I guess, theoretically, a content creator could file a takedown request on content that they saw being worn by someone… but without a physical location for that content, it would be really hard for the grid to comply with that takedown request …

          • When the hypergrid visitor is on the grid there are temporary inventory items created on the asset server, and all the components of the asset is permanently stored in the asset table of the asser server database. Which is one of the reasons why this table is very hard to manage and grows fast on any hypergrid connected grid.

        • Alex Ferraris

          Im talking about AviWorlds residents going out and bringing in corrupted stuff and illegally made copies that are available in other grids.

          • Alex — Again, I don’t understand the problem. If a resident keep bringing in illegal content, you give them a warning, if they keep doing it, you ban them. Just as if they were uploading bad content.

            If they’re bringing in corrupted content — there was a bug about that in OpenSim, but wasn’t that fixed? And if another grid is having problems with corrupted content, please give them a heads-up, so they can fix it.

            And if you’re doing it just to block freebies, then that doesn’t seem very kind to your residents.

            I can see spending money on unique or high-end content, or if I want something that extra special for a particular occasion. But sometimes freebies work just as well, especially for generic, commodity content. Forcing your residents to pay for this kind of content when residents of all the other grids can get it for free doesn’t seem particularly nice — especially when you only have a handful of merchants on your grid, anyway.

          • Alex Ferraris

            Anyway im trying ,
            HG is not yet shut off.
            It is really a work in progress but one thing Im very sure about is that if I have to choose between HG visitors and my residents I will protect my residents.

      • Alex Ferraris

        No. In fact the flow of visitors into Aviworlds is very minimal almost nothing.
        Users are finding more advantages to be aviworldians than to just hypergrid in.
        Also im not going to base AviWorlds on a hypergrid visitors im going to focus on our residents and hg visitor does not contribute on anyrhing.
        They are not only going to other grids to bring linda kellie stuff. Lets be real here.

      • “you’re open to US lawsuits. And Americans love to sue.” and even more “threaten to sue” even when they have no clue they even can-)

  • Da Hayward

    I think everyone is missing the point here. alex and AviWorlds isnt doing anything to hinder the hypergrid or anyone else. Since we arrived in AviWorlds Alex and his team have been working constantly to improve the residents time there, we all know there are copied and corrupted files bought into any grid… I cant see how we can stop that. But we can make people aware we are watching out for it. Many creators are at a point of being paranoid about copy bots Alex’s actions are one way to reassure them.This is a Good Blog Maria posts here.but at the end of the day it is Alex’s call what happen’s within AviWorlds.
    Oh BTW keep doing the great articles Maria