I hate to admit it but I’ve been living under a rock it seems. I was unaware of the recent situation of Gala Phoenix, one of SL’s original skin artists. I’m still catching up. If you are not aware please visit here and catch up as I have http://salomesays.com/blog/2012/06/the-curio-skin-scandal/
An amazing group of SL’rs have put together at very short notice The One Voice Fundraiser, which is to support Gala Phoenix and raise money for the imminent court case, court cases of this kind run to 10’s of thousands of US dollars. It is my understanding from what I’ve read that all of Gala’s content has been removed by the lab and she is suffering a loss of income due to this.
As a creator of original content for SL this is a hugely distressing situation, if Gala doesn’t win this court case, we are all at risk of this kind of frivolous misuse of the law. For personal reasons I can relate to Gala’s situation, as I have had the misfortune to be in similar situation myself, although not to this extent. There are people who have a blatant disrespect for the DMCA process, there are people willing to commit perjury to prove a point or a personal vendetta and it’s a painful and bewildering situation to find yourself in.
I wish Gala Phoenix all the very best, my thoughts and the thoughts of many others are with her.
Below is the slurl to the fund raiser and a link if you prefer to donate direct. By assisting with this awful situation we are all assisting ourselves and hopfully alleviating the risk so this doesn’t happen again. Help protect the content creators you love, help protect their IP and be apart of this.