The Battle Of The Breedables Part 2…

Amaretto, the horse company have responded to the Ozimals statement and you can read it here:

I’ve been thinking even more about the Amaretto v Ozimals drama. It’s hard not to, now that Hamlet Au (  and Tateru Nino ( bloggers both (Perhaps THE most esteemed) have followed my lead and covered the issue on their blogs. (I jest of course, it’s impossible NOT to write about it).
You would be foolish to think that the breedable community, whatever their choice of pet,  are not starting to worry. Look at the comments section for my previous post on this matter for evidence of that.  The grid is awash with rumour and hearsay and as Hamlet so rightly pointed out in his blog-post, this case could have huge ramifications elsewhere, not just in Second Life.It does make me wonder what Linden Labs are thinking about all this right now; and whilst I don’t think it will be blind panic, I do think they will be very concerned by the matter.
Why? Well, as I mentioned before, breedable pets rake in the Linden dollars (and then some), and Linden Labs would be sure to see a fall in profits if they were to completely vanish from the grid.  I’m not just talking about from commission charged on Lindex purchases etc either (obviously you need to buy Lindens to buy the pets, their foodstuffs and assorted peripherals in the first place) but supplementary income, such as the fees charged through the Second Life marketplace. It’s a fact that when people buy breedables they like to buy accessories: with horses that’s meant the finest stables and saddles, with bunnies that’s meant hutches and vegetable patches, and with cats so far it’s been baskets, scratching posts and even special Christmas cat sleighs..I kid you not.

Each purchase on the marketplace means money in the pockets of our ‘evil overlords’ and THIS is why I don’t actually think there is any point in panicking about this issue, not just yet at least. It is going to take an age to sort out, not just because it is going through the court system, but because in these trying times any potential loss of revenue for Linden Labs is something that they will surely fight virtual tooth and nail against.
Please keep your comments coming on this topic. I”m especially interested to know if this is going to impact the way you continue with your breeding programmes. (I’ll make my own thoughts on that clear over the coming weekend.) (Note- apologies for the long links that I’m having to include in text at the moment, for some bizarre reason I cannot use hyperlinks since WordPress implemented a recent change..just copy and paste in the old fashioned way for your browsing pleasure:)

3 thoughts on “The Battle Of The Breedables Part 2…

  1. Kazkid

    I for one had BOTH animals and enjoyed each of them. After considered response and Candy’s OWN comments during a discussion in the ozimals group I have personally decided to put all of my bunnies into a folder and return them to her personally. I chose this method because I feel that mere deletion from the grid can be easily overlooked but many inventory popups is at the least harder to ignore.

    I personally found that with a little research on the court sights, reading the LL DMCA policy and mroe too many of her comments in the group were simply not true, or at the least were omitting relevant facts, For instance she stated clearly “WE did not request the removal of horses from the grid” well What did she think the LL DMCA policy was on that, Then further stating that she has contacted wildwood and other breedables. Then denying that here when chat logs (of course she knows they cant be posted) are easy proof to the contrary.
    In simplest of terms. They failed to consider how many of thier OWN customers would be hurt by such an action, as well as ther ebeing no logical response to the 3 month delay on a DMCA being filed. Proper procedure is to file immediately, accept counter, then negotiate. Then to accuse in her blog with the ‘good faith negotiations’ and ‘they filed under the radar’ Cmon who was ‘under the radar’ filing an action FIRST.

    Just me personally. To each thier own and there is room for all breedables within SL IMHO. I would have continued to participate in BOTH had deception and inconsistencies not continued to pile overwhelmingly as story after story piles up.


  2. Kazkid

    RFC Case Number: C-O10-3520A
    Court Case Number: 2:10-cv-03520-KOB
    File Date: Monday, December 20, 2010
    Plaintiff: Ozimals

    Plaintiff Counsel: Frank M. Caprio, Paul M. Sykes, Scott B. Smith of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

    Defendant: Amaretto Ranch Breedables LLC

    Cause: 28:1338 Copyright Infringement
    Court: Alabama Northern District Court
    Judge: Judge Karon O. Bowdre

    And so it continues. Lets see Doesnt the LL TOS state specifically that any such issue must be filed in CA Something of that Nature. Also as I remember it isnt it also illegal to file a case over the same issue when there is already one pending which you can file a counter on in another jurisdiction. Then again. Doesnt a US court cover, well………..The entire US. heh.


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