The ancient hand-eye symbol, used by both Muslims and Jews, known as the hamsa or "Hand of Fatima" that is supposed to protect from the evil eye.
"Anyone Still Here, Keep Your Hands Off Our Logo," Marshall Kirkpatrick snarked about Linden Lab's latest crackdown on its unruly generating users. Of course, I imagine if I started calling this blog "Readwriteweb" or RWW something, I'd hear from his employer's lawyers lol. So often, people want Linden Lab to be more progressive and serve as a symbol of Opensource Heaven when they themselves aren't prepared to do this.
Still, as I mentioned in reply to his blog, this new-found trademark obsession is an annoying virtual immersion buzzkill.
All of a sudden, you really feel the pinch of being just a fake little business in a little toy world. You're not going to be able to bust out of the game. If you built up a business in the last five years with the name "SL" or anything called "Second Life Something" or with any variation of the famous culty hand-eye logo (paging Second Life Herald?), you could face legal action.
Worse, if you had plans even to go along with whatever licensing requirements the Lindens put forth, you would still face what some will call a walled-garden-type hurdle: you cannot use this name "SL" any place but inside SL; LL even specifically mentions that you may not use it in other virtual worlds (!). Drat, there goes my plan to run tours of SL out of EA-Land.
Yeah, there's nothing that ruins your Second Life (with those awesome all caps!) like it becoming Second Life (TM), and then, well, not "Your World/Your Imagination" anymore, but a corporation's property. Of course, it was always like that, and it's just, well, that the pool getting drained or something... One thing I find interesting in all this is that there is no Linden Lab. That is, that's just a nickname, and a domain name obviously, but the company's actual name is Linden Research, Inc. There were never any plural "labs" of course.
I did go and register an organization within SL called the SL Public Land Preserve, which has been around for nearly 3 years now. It seemed easy and trouble-free to register. I was only left puzzled a bit whether I now *have* to use this ugly modernesque mint-green or black-and-white logo "inSL". I'd just as soon *not*. I'm not sure that logo is going to develop any love or value in the community, I just don't know. I don't know if whether, out of the thousands of groups with the word "SL" made in the SL Group List, whether some people will just find this a kind of nice endorsement of their sacrifices for our greater cause of the Metaverse, our modern pyramids.
I guess I would have to agree with Hamlet, who is an utter cynic about social movements in SL, unlike me, that people will bitch and moan but ultimately do nothing. Because...they can't play Second Life with their own money.
Speaking of playing SL with your own money, and having the kind of BIG budget which you need to do the Open Source tip jar thing with, look at this -- IBM and its customer Fashion Research Institute really is backing the whole Adam Zaius thing. In case you thought this was just kids hacking this together with scotch tape and Coke cans. Adam Zaius/Adam Frisby is Second Life's other millionaire, winner of the LL Recruitment Center building contest back in the day, and of course, former Gigas Mall owner, Resmod on the forums and FIC in good standing! Btw *Looks at watch*. How long before Zero Linden is hired by one of these new OS entities, I wonder? And will Ugotrade get a job out of this?
BTW, in looking up Adam Zaius, I came across an old article of mine from 2005 which is really a brilliant explanation of why telehubs promoted democracy and free enterprise, and what a blow it was to the economy to lose them. Wow, it's so amazing to go back and read all that now -- to remember that awful, sordid hothouse of the forums FIC screaming about telehub compensation (though all of them were compensated in their day with 4096 m2 free tier for life ROFL), etc. And...so amazing to read the pre-history for *why* we have two really ugly, nasty phenomena of SL: a) ad farms, which still persist and b) FPS-thieving clubs in the hinterlands on cheap land that most other people in the sim are trying to make residential land.
So little thought has gone into the underpinnings of the telehub concept. The other day at the CMP lecture, Hydra of Luskwood was hammering over and over again the concept that telehubs were "laggy" or evil land barons "charged too much for them" blah blah. (Of course the...um...evil Lindens opened up their bidding on the auction at a higher price to start with and accepted high bids for them, so let's re-address this envelope please lol).
Anyway, people fighting among themselves over different visions of SL may find themselves fighting over nothing, soon enough, if it is IPO'd, open-sourced or just flatly fails (and failing could mean that it still stays open with a much reduced population, awaiting its day of re-engineering, like The Sims Online did).
BTW, in case anybody is still caring about Woodbury Watch (time to write to the good Doctor and department chair again), MC Fizgig is playing his own little "trademark" prank. He has a new partner named "Prokofy Nava" yuk yuk. Hey, thanks for putting that name in the list, Lindens.
"Prokofy Nava," like other "Prokofys" before him has the exact same picture as my profile, the exact same text advertising my rentals and blog, and the exact same groups, etc. Wow, now is that really brilliant! I tried abuse reporting it for harassment, not likely to go anywhere.