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 no longer buy full perm meshes on the Second Life Marketplace or at any in-world store. Who has the time to do the research to see if the creator of the full perm mesh did not buy it from Turbosquid or something of that sort.
- 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