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what to do if some one is saying i am copying their build


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"Stolen" is a pretty harsh claim.  Many creations in SL are inspired by other work, just as they are in RL.  It's not surprising that they can look similar.  Also, there are some qualities that simply come with whatever a creator is building.  Chairs have places to sit on and shoes need to be at least vaguely foot-shaped.  In order to make a valid claim that one creator has "stolen" another' work, the similarities need to be much more than casual.  LL is bound by the legal system in the U.S., which provides a process for dealing with disagreements about intellectual property ownership.  You can read about the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DCMA) and LL's procedure for complying with it at http://secondlife.com/corporate/dmca.php . Basically, a creator who believes that his work has been "stolen" can file a DCMA claim.  LL must respond by taking down the work in question, but will re-instate the work if there is a counter-claim.  LL does not make decisions about right or wrong.  That's a legal question to be handled in RL by the courts.  

Unless the other store owner wants to go through that DCMA  process, the disagreement between you is just that ... a personal dispute.  LL does not get involved, but expects you to work it out.

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"Stolen" is a pretty harsh claim.  Many creations in SL are inspired by other work, just as they are in RL.  It's not surprising that they can look similar.  Also, there are some qualities that simply come with whatever a creator is building.  Chairs have places to sit on and shoes need to be at least vaguely foot-shaped.  In order to make a valid claim that one creator has "stolen" another' work, the similarities need to be much more than casual.  LL is bound by the legal system in the U.S., which provides a process for dealing with disagreements about intellectual property ownership.  You can read about the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DCMA) and LL's procedure for complying with it at http://secondlife.com/corporate/dmca.php . Basically, a creator who believes that his work has been "stolen" can file a DCMA claim.  LL must respond by taking down the work in question, but will re-instate the work if there is a counter-claim.  LL does not make decisions about right or wrong.  That's a legal question to be handled in RL by the courts.  

Unless the other store owner wants to go through that DCMA  process, the disagreement between you is just that ... a personal dispute.  LL does not get involved, but expects you to work it out.

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Inform them that they are mistaken. Inform them to cease all communications with you. Mute them if necessary.

If you receive any contact after giving notice, you may consider filing an abuse report. 

 

If you think the Resident will meet with you and you can show or share the object so they can see that you made it that would be a good plan. If that will not work, consider my first suggestions.    

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