As some of you know I was planning to be in this year’s Second Life Home and Garden Expo.
And I was really looking forward to it too. Not just because I like making the kind of things that will be on sale there, but also because it benefits a cause that I am passionate about, since I am a cancer survivor.
To make it short; I won’t be there.
I had bought some full perm mesh farm animals from a store called Just Animals on the Second Life Marketplace and I had used them in a product which was to be part of the Gatcha @ Expo program to benefit Relay for Life. It turns out that it is possible that the original source of these full perm meshes may be a service called Turbosquid, where full perm meshes are sold for dollars.
The first I heard of Turbosquid, is when a coalesced object of more than 1300 prims was returned to my Lost and Found folder, immediately followed by being ejected and banned from the Expo sims without notice.
I was really upset – who wouldn’t be. But after a sleepless night, I am trying to look on the positive side of this thing. And these are the important points to me arising from the mess.
- I am glad that the organizers of the Expo are diligent about potential IP theft. I wish more event organizers were as thorough.
- I will be very cautious if I buy full perm meshes on the Second Life Marketplace or at any in-world store.
- And last, and most important to me, is that I will buckle down and devote time to learning 3D modelling properly. It’s long overdue.
So I will be taking time off from -Hanaya- to go back to 3D modelling school.
Building in-world and using mesh exporting tools like I have been doing is just not good enough.
The -Hanaya- Subscribe-o-matic group and in-world store groups will be closed at the end of September. I will be scaling down the in-world store in the next few weeks – likely turn it into a little park with only a handfull of my products that I am really proud of.
I took this snap of my store at Home Expo 6 before my stuff got returned.
It was pretty 🙁