Author Archives: Vaki

About Vaki

Seriously, Mega Shark v. Giant Octopus is a masterpiece of modern cinema. What? It has Deborah Gibson in it. And there's this one scene where...what? Oh, like there's something better than a mega shark leaping out of the ocean and biting a plane in half. Whatever.

Copyright and Fair Use for SL Content Creators

We did this last year and it was really successful, so Tim and I are doing it again this year. Are you interested in learning more about what we mean when we talk about “fair use”? Would you like to … Continue reading

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Somebody watching me

They’re watching us. Anyone with any sense has known that for years, but last month we got evidence: THEY are watching us, peering in on Second Life, spying on our porn and our petty jealousies and our mad fashion exploits. … Continue reading

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Trademark Law Basics

(Obnoxious but necessary caveats: I’m simplifying this a lot, which means I’m leaving a lot out…and it’s still insanely long. If you’re a trademark lawyer, sorry: I know I’ve left out some important bits. Also: this is intended to be … Continue reading

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Second Life Terms of Service: A legal panel

MORE EDITS: Video is up! And we have a pdf of my slides: SL ToS Presentation. Enjoy! Also, Inara Pey worked her ass off to create some excellent transcripts of the event, and the UCCSL is working on translating those … Continue reading

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Electric ladies will you sleep…or will you preach?

Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s famous March on Washington. Today, 50 years after Dr. King spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Barack Obama spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. That’s pretty cool. We … Continue reading

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Grown Up

I learned the coolest new trick today. We keep hearing about materials in mesh, and awesome new mesh clothes and furniture and other items being “materials ready.” Well, that’s awesome. But guess what. Materials can go on regular prims, too. … Continue reading

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A part of me will never be free

Ah, the limitations of WordPress. Sometimes the smaller size just doesn’t do justice to a picture I’ve worked on for ages. Yeah, but you know the size limitations. Keep those in mind when doing a picture, dummy. I know. Shut … Continue reading

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Restore the Fourth!

Yesterday, I took part in San Francisco’s Restore the Fourth rally to bring attention to the erosion of our constitutionally protected right to remain safe from warrantless search of our stuff. Around three or four hundred people met near City … Continue reading

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Liberty and Justice FOR ALL.

Today, the Supreme Court came down with its rulings in United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, better known as the marriage cases: DOMA and Prop 8. As everyone already knows by now, the Court invalidated § 3 of … Continue reading

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In the land of the blind

First off: this post is meaningless without video, because I recognize that not everybody grew up in the 80s. Go enjoy some of the decade’s finest. I read on Ziki Questi’s blog that someone has finally built Jordan’s beautiful Petra … Continue reading

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