Getting Together For a Good Cause

There is a lot of benefits about Second Life. It’s a place where people can get together and get to know one another on such different levels, that it almost escapes the mind. I know that when I first began Second Life, that I had joined because of a couple friends moving over from The Sims Online to a new platform.

As years (or months for some) go by, we have met numerous people along the grid. We have grown relationships far and wide, from country to country. We’ve met and hung out in world and also some of us have ventured outside Second Life and gone into the Real. We take these friendships and relationships to heart.

In our community, we like to take care of those who are close to us. We all want what is best for them and at times, our friends and loves go through hard times and things happen that they cannot control. We came together for Gala Phoenix for One Voice and also Gospel Voom when his boy Archie got seriously injured. We even have our dear Elysium Hynes starting Unhinged in the next week for a dear friend of hers. We do this – designers and bloggers – because we care and because we want to take care of our friends.

I know that sometimes, people don’t agree and that people might think it’s an abuse of the system to use Second Life to raise awareness or to raise donations for personal causes, but it’s usually those who are close to the person in need that start the event or fundraiser. I have no personally issues with it, and think it’s a great way for the community to come together. It’s a personal choice on whether or not you as a person (designer or blogger) want to support when something comes along.

I’m writing this because a dear friend, Sway Dench, is in need and a group of designers and bloggers have come together for a small fundraiser. I’m asking – if you’re interested as a blogger for this event, to contact me or Willow Zander in world. We’ll let the main coordinators know.

You can click HERE for more information.

Sway Dench’s store: Sway’s
Sway Dench’s Blog: Second Eye

Hair Fair 2012

On July 14th, the SL Grid is being hit with what is known as Hair Fair. For a lot of us, this is a time for amazing designers to come out with their amazing work and show us their ever-growing talent. It’s also a huge charity event for Wigs For Kids. A percentage of the sales from Hair Fair 2012 will be giving to the Wigs For Kids charity. We all hope you come out on the 14th to show your support.

To help out with the lag, there is a Hair Fair DEMO Group you can join in-world: HERE Please join. Designers will send demo packs through this group, so that you can look at the designs and try them out prior to arriving to the sim, and also help out in your shopping excursion.

Happy Hair Shopping!

One Voice

I was going to blog this on my blog, but I decided really that this was meant more for the community. As you all know, a member of the creator community has been having some legal issues in regards to her brand being DMCA’ed by another following creator in-world.

Gala Phoenix, owner of Curio and her statement: Posted Here

Curio’s Gala Phoenix is currently in the midst of legal issues which have resulted in her content being removed from the grid, pending the outcome of her legal battle. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) process in Second Life requires that when there is legal action taken against your content, Linden Lab will remove it from the grid until a ruling is made. Gala’s fellow content creators have come together to host a fundraiser to help with the enormous amount of legal fees she will have to bare in order to fight these baseless claims.

The fundraiser will be held from July 9-15, with a blogger preview on July 8th.

Some participants include Flowey, BareRose, Black Lace, Belleza, Ingenue, Laq, Luck Inc, One Bad Pixel, Gos, Truth, Bent, Fawn, Cupcake, evolve, Glam Affair, ely, Lassitude & Ennui, Zanzibar, Adorkable, Ikon, League and many more.

This fundraiser is not only to help Gala Phoenix, but to also take a stand for the community of content creators, for many of whom SL is their main source of income. This could happen to any one of us, and it’s necessary that we stand up and fight back to ensure that it doesn’t.

Please contact Sophia Harlow or OMGWTF Barbecue if you’d like to participate as a content creator or blogger, and join the inworld group One Voice for updates and the LM when we open!

In-World Group to Join: Join Here

Also, tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pmslt Vaki will be discussing a new series of legal discussions for SL Residents HERE. All can attend.