Since Linden Lab changed the new ToS, specially the famous article 2.3 which grants them total rights over everyone’s works, we have been watching a lot of people abandoning their land and some of them even abandoning Second Life.
When I started to understand how SL worked, back in the days, I always thought that whatever I created there, what I bought or got offered would never be mine, since LL could pull the plug at anytime and all would be lost. So the sense of possession was never really in my thoughts and instead decided to start taking pictures of the things I liked ephemeral as they might be.
I always respected everyone’s copyrights. I don’t make downloads of music and movies, I try not to use any type of materials without checking first the copyrights and always mentioning the source when I do it. All artists/creators must have the credits for their works.
Is LL respecting this with the new 2.3? Well in my humble opinion, and in a quite simplistic view, yes and no. Yes because they state that you keep your copyrights on your own work and no because they kind of share the copyrights with you and will not ask you if you mind your things being used in some other way.
May be the terms in which was written do not translate the intention and the again may be it does… who knows? The thing is that if you want to stay in SL you have to abide to their terms, which brings me to the initial intent of this post: to leave or not to leave.
In my almost 7 years as a resident (time does fly) I have seen a lot of changes in this lovely world of ours, friends going, new friends coming, the news in RL media saying SL is dead and the “Does that still exist?” In comments all over the web and now this.
And people are (again) leaving. But where to go? There is a bunch of other worlds out there waiting for you but they definitely aren’t Second Life.
I tried Twinity, OSGrid and Inworldz all of them lacking what I cherish the most in Second Life: people! Friends and friends to be, new cultures, new experiences. All those worlds Winter visited are like the Sahara, big deserts with more or less good builds and landscapes with one on occasion Bedouin.
I do like to explore alone in Second Life, specially if i am out and about to take pics, since it is not fair to any one seeing me in the middle of a sim for 1 hour or more, caming around for nice angles and trying windlight settings one after the other, but socializing is still my main reason for being inworld for this long. It is all about sharing, sharing knowledge, sharing experiences, sharing feelings, sharing laughter
And that is why that all those poor Winter Wardhanis in those other worlds are resting in some server somewhere. After all if you are alone, better be sleeping right?