Fans of the Malqusition may remember I posted an Article regarding my thoughts on the “mesh Rip” controversy and asked the question why ,despite the many examples of people all over the Aviation community downloading Assets from online websites, people choose to focus the entire thing on Dani Weapons.
I spent the best part of last week mulling over this problem and just recently came to ,what I think, is a pretty solid conclusion and I would like to take a brief moment to talk about it because there has been bullshit on both sides of this Drama and I want to make it clear that just because your on my friends list or a builder that I like doesn’t make you immune from the Fiery Death Glaze of the Malqusition.
PANIC FUCKING STATIONS!
I should first clear something up, when I go on a bitching session about Dani or ripped mesh I’m not stating that you can’t buy his products in spite of people insisting that I and people like myself are somehow “controlling what people spend their money on” I’m not, at the end of the day you are the consumer and it’s up to you how you wish to spend your money and if this really bothers you so much then…
I give you permission to buy a Dani Plane.
This does have a flip side. It is not correct to assume you have the “right” to fly whatever you want and buy whatever you want, to put it simply you don’t. Second Life works under the Governmental Authority of Linden Labs which in turn states that everything done in Second Life is subject to United States Law and this includes the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and US Code 2315, the sale or receipt of stolen goods.
That Second one is more of the issue basically stating that if Daniels Falls can be proven to have made $5,000 US or more in sales of his products then you the consumer can be held liable and may be subject to charges of up to $1,000 US (and if you paid over $500 US in total you could face jail time) if it can be proved you were aware the Mesh was stolen and by reading this blog or receiving notices from the SL Aviation group, it can be, which is why so many people are desperately trying to make you aware that if you buy a Dani plane you are accepting Stolen property which you do not have any legal right to posses. Flying Virtual planes is not covered in the Human Rights charter.
Daniels Falls builds planes using mesh assets taken from various sources and cobbles them together Frankenstein’s monster style in Blender. This has been proven, it is factual and the evidence to prove so is widely available. If you find yourself screaming at the computer screen in rage and proclaiming that it’s all nonsense and lies then that makes you ,and I’m sorry to draw this comparison, no better than the Anti-Vaccination Movement, ignoring the evidence however compelling because it doesn’t fit with your opinion and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard the “Why can’t we just all shut up and have fun” argument that is so quickly discarded when the subject turns to things MCE or ZSK Pilots refusing to fight Shana Pilots or Unity Airport demanding that Warships shouldn’t be allowed to fight the combat Ocean of Jeogeot Gulf.
The “let’s have fun” line does not constitute as a quick and easy Statement Hammer to slam down whenever you need justification for the Dramatic amounts of Vicious bile you throw in someones face whose opinion you disagree with.
But what about the “Making Of Mesh” Documentary at Dani’s shop?
Interestingly when I IM’d Dani and his wife to let them know I was coming to view and take screenshots of their Make Of documentary they told me I wasn’t allowed and promptly removed them from the store.
Thankfully I had sent someone earlier that morning to take pictures.
Firstly, it’s not a documentary, it’s a series of still images depicting a finished product from various angles with several assets hidden or displayed as a Texture map. To the untrained eye this may look like a model under construction but in reality this is just what you’d see by viewing a Model in Blender, in the same way I can use these screenshots to claim I made a ME109.
That in fact is a Render by Anders Lejczak and is the one E-tech ripped.
In reality the “Making Of” Images show nothing, the only way to prove once and for all that Dani wasn’t using Stolen Assets was if he made a quick time-lapse video showing him actually build a plane then things might be different (unless he attempted to do what a previous Mesh Ripper in the Fashion community did which was to video himself deleting parts of the Jacket he’d ripped then playing it in reverse) Questions may be asked as to why all of his products can be found online under different creators name that seem to be a perfect comparison to each other when the Wireframes are shown, something that should be almost impossible.
If you’re still not convinced there is a blog which documents stolen meshes and as we speak a list specifically for Aviation is being made up. I’ll Link it Here You can find Dani on Page two.
In short I am not stating that you can’t buy a Dani plane or get any sense of enjoyment from it, it’s your money and how you wish to spend it is no business of mine and frankly I couldn’t care and everything I have to say is written here and in world I wouldn’t go out of my way to bully or harass you on your choice of Aircraft you are welcome to use whatever you want but if you use a product you know is stolen then you accept the risk that comes with that. Legal cogs in regards to Copyright are famously slow and even slower when the Internet and small time users are involved.
Though things may be silent now keep in mind LL has in no way Granted anyone permission or Leniency in uploading ripped mesh and the reason they refuse to get involved is through their own legal problems, if they did get involved they would automatically assume the requirement to “police” the grid for stolen mesh, meaning extra employees would have to be brought in and a shit ton of money would be wasted.
The way things are set-up now puts the actual copyright holder in charge of policing their own products, meaning they have to put in a DCMA take down and prove that the mesh is theirs, which is difficult if it’s been edited in any way and is a lot of work. Not something people would want to do if they get nothing out of it, so they would be looking for a Court Case and some serious legal actions, which costs money, a lot of money. So anyone willing to go that far would first want to dam well make sure that Dani was over the $5,000 US limit and wait the full five years the law gives them to Sue thus allowing them to reap the maximum funds back. Assuming that Dani would even turn up to an US Court of Law to defend himself and if he didn’t then it’s a hit or miss if the Brazilian government would Arrest and extradite him and even then if he had been regularly withdrawing his funds from SL or funneling them through his wives account then there would be no prospective monies nor assets for the courts to seize, leaving Dani banned from SL and his products removed yes, but nothing but a massive legal bill for the person who took him to court.
So Is Dani essentially Immune?
Actually, No, and this is where it becomes much more serious. This isn’t like pirating Music or smoking Weed, let me explain.
Several “builders” have been noted ripping Assets from the video games HAWX, which is owned by Ubisoft. Ubisoft are happy to sue anyone regardless of financial gain as could Disney for anything Starwars related on the Grid as could the John Norman estate for all the Gor things, the Tolkien estate etc etc If any of them decided to follow through with a court case this would enact a Class Action lawsuit, meaning EVERYONE with a DMCA claim on anything in Second Life could bring their case to court and be trailed under the same case as Ubisoft or whoever. If that wins or if Dani fails to show up then Linden labs may be forced to take responsibility for the management of illegal mesh sales in Second Life and given their ham-fisted response in everything that is not a future anyone really wants to see.
That’s a pretty over dramatic way of saying SL is Doomed, if you were telling the truth then why hasn’t his happened before?
Because it has. At this point I was planning to go over several high-profile cases, including the famous one made by Xcite which started it all and the more recent ones made by Disney but after a long weekend of thought I decided it was pointless.
Second Life has been scared and changed by Real Life laws applying to Virtual Worlds, in 2007 Linden Labs had to drop its policy on allowing Residents to keep copyright on everything they build, Virtual banks have been forced to close as have Gambling Casino’s and a Virtual Themepark emulating Disney World was wiped from the Grid.
But anytime I tried to talk to someone about it their eyes glazed over and instead of listening they wait till I said a word they understood then used that as the basis for an argument or piled back on the old faithful “Why don’t you just shut up and let people enjoy themselves” to these people, if they are still listening, I say this.
People in Second Life seem to be very ignorant of the world around them, speaking of either the Internet world, the real world or the rest of the Second Life world outside their own Bubble. It’s one of the crowning achievements of Second Life and why it holds mass major appeal to those with Aspbergers syndrome, depression, low social skills or those who simply feel uncomfortable fitting into todays modern world. People create their own world within Second Life until it becomes their whole world and they would fight to the death to protect it, hence why Opinions are so controversal and the Drama Flame so brilliantly lit. Since this is the case with the majority of everyone most of you may be unaware of what is currently happening on Youtube.com.
Youtubes owners Google have been hit non stop with DMCA takedown claims regarding Music Video’s online so to save time and money they introduced a new automatic DMCA take down procedure allowing any corporation with a copyright claim to pull down video’s without any human interaction unless it’s contested. This in turn has caused these same companies ,and we’re not always talking big Companies, to Weaponize DMCA laws in an attempt to control content, dominate opinion and delete criticism see Total Biscuit’s review of Day One: Gary’s Incident for examples on this and pay close attention since what TB states is relevant to Second Life.
Why? you ask, because when you start charing money for a item it becomes subject to all sorts of crazy laws effecting copyright and none of them are going to be on your side, if companies large and small are trolling youtube and hiring Paton trolls to file lawsuits in a futile attempt to control the internet and make money then how long will it be before the Eye of Sauron lays to rest on Second Life as the next target of opportunity.
Right now Second Life is widely regarded as a place for Bored housewives to legit cheat on their boring husbands and for Furries to put their pixel dicks in each others butt, that reputation is quickly changing to a view that SL is becoming a dumping ground for Copyrighted assets and for people to make money for them. As that reputation grows it is starting to catch the attention of the larger businesses and Paton Trolls who will inevitably flock to Second Life in order to exact the same Weaponisation of DMCA as they are on Youtube.
You may feel safe in your own protective bubble in Second Life but that nightmarish horror is growing, it’s becoming worse and it’s going to notice us sooner or later. I’m not saying you CAN’T buy Dani’s planes and if this article offends you that much please do click it off and storm back to your pilot’s chair, imagine all the things you would do to me if I was tied to a chair and you had a baseball bat (stuff I wouldn’t enjoy please) but just be warned by buy purchasing Stolen Mesh vehicles you are encouraging that market and speeding up the Patent Troll process, it may be quite for a few years but it’s only a matter of when not If.
This Article has a second Half, because I’ve bitched at Dani’s customers for near on two thousand words now It wouldn’t be fair of me to leave it at that, because Dani’s Customers are not the reason we have this problem, they are simply the little cogs in the wheel that keep it turning, the snowflakes in the path of the avalanche.
Who is the problem?
You Are, you other builders, you high and mighty self-righteous pricks who looked to Dani as if the Apocalypse had arrived, you tried to ignore him at first and when he started to grow bigger than you could handle you scrambled like scared children trying to put the pudding back in the bowl before Mother gets home, you issued statements, threats, punished his customer’s and proclaimed visions of Horror to those who supported him*.
All this achieved was to allow Dani to take the position of the Victim, the “small weak developer being bullied by the larger Companies” and from that got support from the Anti-MCE movement who were feeling abandoned and needed a new Cause. This has left you fucks, the other builders fondling your moustaches, rubbing your hands and plotting your plots to destroy a man you deem “open game” because he downloads, all while claiming the Moral Highground.
No Seriously, Fuck you to the Builders and Companies that supported this blockade and Fuck you times twenty Cuntfucks and a Shitcock to the larger group of spineless Builders and Companies who secretly support the Blockade but refuse to go public incase they get a bad image.
Let me explain why I’m so angry.
We have major problems with all sorts of companies trying to pass themself off as legit with ripped mesh vehicles AEB&W, E-Tech, Fastronnix, UXU designs, Vortex and everything ever shat out by Darim Darkfold to name a few. But rippers such as those guys lack creativity or any cermountable level of Skill. They look at the big companies and well-known builders and try to emulate what makes them successful and what they inevitably end up with is a badly filmed VHS tape of a man sitting in a Movie Theatre pointing the camera at the screen. Yes you get to watch the film but you can see the heads of everyone in front of the camera, the quality is shoddy and the sound is “meh” at best, they then have the audacity to charge $20 for the privilege.
Dani is different and it’s nothing to do with the quality of the products he is making. I flew one of his planes recently and I found it no better than any other plane, it looked great yeah but it also flew like a Jet Fighter, the sounds were awful and way too loud the animations were often glitchy, the plane was Script heavy and often crashed on border crossings and there was a substantial number of physics bugs and errors, it was a decent plane but in terms of where we are in SL Aviation technology it was way below average.
Anyone of the top builders could do better and they tried, or so they claimed, to crush the download with the Superior product but they missed the trick, it was never about the quality of Dani’s scripting or even the builds which made them popular. Let me explain in simple terms.
Dani’s first projects were something of a Joke in SL, a P-47D with a shelled out interior and a Race Care seat jammed into the cockpit next to an awkwardly placed prim acting as the instrument panel. It was pathetic but it sold, for a very specific reason, it came with a Brazilian Camo scheme. Next came the Super Tucano, a hilarious disaster of a plane, badly filtered out mesh parts replaced haphazardly with prims, low rezz textures and a flight script that worked “occasionally” but it was popular because it was based on the two-seater version used by the Brazilian Airforce, we see the pattern, next comes the Mirage 2000 again in a Brazilian Camo scheme sold well because it is the main jet fighter of the Brazilian Airforce.
And who is buying all of this crap? Brazilians, the pattern is complete.
The Single largest Minority (next to flag waving Americans) that band together in great numbers, ignorant of the politics and the world outside their own Green, Yellow and Blue bubble, disregarded by the larger population of self proclaimed “superior intellects” as being simple-minded bling tards, copybotters, greifers and pathetic musclebound womanizers. They never followed the rules, they were always rude and so we called them Stupid and forgot about them.
Well you fucks turns out there was a market there. Dani was nothing special, he just appealed to a market you refused to consider, your fault.
Now lets look at Dani’s lesser popular planes, the Commander 112A, the Pitts Special, the E-120, all of these planes are unpopular because they have alternate ,and in nearly every case cheaper, counterparts on the market. So lets now look as his most popular planes.
The Two Phenoms, here you tits have really fucked, ask any big builder in SL what the common or garden “stupid” pilot wants and they’ll always reply “Oh some big fancy Lear Jet with a sexbed” which is an interesting response, have you ever tried to look for one on the market?
You have two choices outside of the immobilize prim nonsense, a small range from Eric Gelgen and this piece of shit.
Both old, both primmy, neither has the class that the modern Lear Jet should have which leaves everyone who wants one scrambling around desperately trying to pick up anything they can that vaguely resembles one, or buying a super yacht instead. Then Along comes Dani with his Phenom. It’s engines are loud, fire comes out the back, it flies like shit but it’s EASY to fly, perfect for someone who doesn’t know the first thing about Aircraft but wants to live the rich lifestyle and have a different girl on each arm. Again a market you casually ignored because you always assumed some retard somewhere was making them and you were right, your fault.
Now lets ,just for fun, look at this new plane the A318 , currently one of the most popular planes in SL and why is that? The Roleplay Airline market, people who spent their childhoods at airports watching massive Jumbo’s Land and Take off, their tyres screeching across the runway, the fleet of vehicles sent out to maintenance them. That is what they wanted and somewhere in the back of your little minds you knew that large Jumbo’s and Modern Day airliners would be popular, but it would be too much work and it wasn’t what “you” wanted, so you made your excuses then along came Dani and filled that market and people went apeshit for it and again it’s your fault.
Dani is entirely your fault, other Mesh rippers never do as well as they could because they appeal to the combat market or to markets already covered by the Superior Craftsman ship of all builders big and small, Dani appealed to a market you were ignoring. If you hadn’t been so self-absorbed with the set mindframe that all “real” pilots were just like you, who enjoyed Big Belchy machines, Huge classy helicopters and props from Aviations “Golden Age” you spent all your energy and effort creating the Oddities of Aviation hoping to tap into some unknown market and create a monopoly when the Bigger Market, the core of SL Aviation was staring at you in the face, being ignored, then Dani and all those who plan to follow in his wake wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.
Perhaps you ought to think on that a while.
So this nonsense, this bullcrap, these backroom meetings and imposed restrictions, this evil sounding scheming and statements aimed at the Customer, it stops, because you’re never going to end this by words, you cannot control the Market and how people spend their money by stamping your feet and screaming, you ignored the people who became Dani’s customers and allowed him free rein and you should feel shame for it, you should apologize and you should build, by Harry’s Great and Mighty Titian Tits do you need to build. Not some passenger Pop plane relic from the 1940’s, something Modern, something good, something that feels land acts like a Jumbo but is small enough to fit into a typical SL Airport, you need to make Lear Jets and Airport Vehicles and all the other things Aviators get excited about, Planes that have nice little features that enhance the passengers experience and the Pilots enjoyment.
You have the power to create the Greatest experience for any Aviator in Second Life, Dani is just a guy who downloads Planes and fills them with Cubey Terra’s plane DIY script, he can’t provide, only fill the gap you created. You need to fill the gap back up and pay more attention to the market that you ignored, trying to dictate what it does will not work, forcing people to spend money on your products and not someone else’s ,regardless of reason, will make people hate you, so cut it the fuck out and hope people will be forgiving.
Now that nonsense is over with here is my deal with you guys. I aim to make this the last rant post on this subject from here on it’s it’ll be mostly Product reviews, Events coverage and the occasional opinion peace and if you’re really good I’ll post some funny stuff would you like this? Well since this article is rather controversial in it’s nature how about this, if we can all agree to keep the comments civil then I’ll agree never to go on an hour long rant about this subject again and next weeks article will be on something nice, like bunnies. Deal?
*I am aware I am being a Hypocrite at this point.