Saturday, 20 August 2011


Sally Cherry of CherryNetworks has taken down the copybotted Heart content which was included in an OAR file Sally acquired from Opensim grid.
Sally effectively was an innocent party. In fact Sally had no idea she was using stolen content to develop her Kitely world. This is a deeply unfortunate situation.

I am leaving the blog and screenshots as a record of the situation and the activity, for future reference.

Friday, 19 August 2011


I’m not against Kitely
I’m not against Open Sim
I’m a supporter of virtual worlds. I love the virtual medium

What I am against is people STEALING CONTENT, riding on my back and hijacking my hard work

I am NOT Opensource
My work is NOT Open source
I can NOT afford to be Open source.
I have a family to feed, mortgage to pay, bills to pay etc 

We have been creating content for Secondlife since 2006. A huge amount of our content has been stolen / copybotted and distributed throughout Open Sim.

Kitely will soon be monetized. Kitely enables users to import .OAR files from Opensim. Kitely is in danger of being flooded with loads of stolen versions of Heart content.

If and when this happens Kitely could be considered to be monetising Heart content as they will be earning revenue from Kitely worlds that contain stolen versions of our work. So if Kitely are earning money from Heart content will they be paying us Royalties?

Here are some screenshots of a Kitely world called Cherry Network. 80% of the plant content is stolen Heart botanicals and there is so much of it, it represents several months work

The owner ( Sally Cherry ) of CherryNetwork - a Kitely World - has her name displayed as creator on our plants and trees. She is not the creator. They are stolen artworks.

I have 100% proof that the plants and trees are mine. The textures are renders of mesh plants which Dolly and I created from scratch.

Take note. We have the 3d Meshes. We have the proof. We ARE the creators.

Screenshots showing stolen/copybot Heart Botanicals
 in Kitely World

I repeat I am NOT against Kitely or any Opensim effort. But it is not acceptable for Opensim grid owners to monetise, promote and support their grids with stolen Heart content when renting virtual world land.

The biggest problem the Opensim community has in gaining traction, is trust and attracting content creators to their worlds. Without content there are no worlds, only empty land. All this cobybotting and theft in Opensim does not attract the content creating community to Opensim, in fact it keeps content creators away.

Sharing is all very well if you AGREE to share. But when you haven’t agreed to share, it’s called stealing.

‘He who holds the ladder is as bad as the thief’
Anglo Saxon proverb

Tuesday, 2 August 2011


Browser based virtual worlds have arrived.

Spoton3D have released a super easy to install browser plugin for virtual worlds.

Installed it in a couple of minutes, teleported here and there, built some stuff ..... everything worked seamlessly.

Will browser based access to virtual worlds tempt the mass market, the millions of chatters, texters, IMers, skypers, facebookers, the 'Avatarless' communicators who have yet to be incarnated in pixel flesh, yet to discover the delights awaiting them  ...... the opportunity to create yourself anew

The 'Avatarless'  mass market needs easy access to virtual worlds and Spoton3D's Virtual World Plugin is a massive step in the right direction.  

There are literally hundreds of millions of people using social networking sites such as the all pervading Facebook. Yet Facebook only has very cut down, limited, virtual chat and game type worlds ...  Yoville, Cafe world, Farmville, Cityville and so on. These are not true virtual worlds, they lack the essential element, which is 'User Generated Content'

Secondlife, Spoton3D and Opensim  is where it's really happening. Facebook, Google+ are 2D limited experiences .... glorified and pimped out, telephone address books. They've reached their limit and have nowhere to go now, apart from into the 3rd dimension.

But the weird thing is Facebook and Google+ do not allow avatar accounts, which is very short sighted and somewhat bonkers, as we, the avatar community are the future :-)  Get real Facebook ! Get real Google+ !  you've already lost touch ! It's wonderful that you can visit a virtual world with an avatar inside a Facebook page, but crazy you can't BE an avatar on Facebook. Clearly the Facebook and Google+ developers do not understand the future

Ten years from now if you don't have several avatar selves, virtual agents, that represent all the different you's in virtual space ....  the playful you, the business you, the warrior you, the dancing queen you, the creator you ....... it will be like not having an email address or web access or a mobile phone. You will be cut off from a human happening. The 2D web was the beginning, but the 3D web is the future

You can get a little taste of the future by downloading and trying the Spoton3D's Virtual World Plugin, it's easy and a fun experience.

Spoton3D has an economy and a marketplace where you can buy and sell User Generated Content, which is the life blood of any true 3D virtual world.

Dolly and I have started listing our plants and trees at the Spoton3D marketplace

Here are some other links with more information and discussion regarding Spoton3D's bold step forward

Will Spoton3D's easy to use web viewer be one of the catalysts that attracts the illusive 'Avatarless' social networking millions to 3D virtual worlds ?

As they say at Spoton3D .....
"The 3DWeb — A Place to Go ...Rather Than a Page to Read!"

Heart Sim in Spoton3D Grid  -  Using The Web Based Viewer