Magnus recent blog post about Copybot Issues and Some Discussions was an excellent article. I wanted to post a comment there but for some reason my browser is not posting so will write this blog post as a reply.
I enjoyed reading this blog post Magnus. All valid points. With the free resource sites both Opensim and SL creators obtain the content, both make it available and it appears as if the Opensim creator ripped it from SL when in actuality they both got the content from the same free resource site. Then who knows where the free resource site obtained the content from, it could be the original creator or it could be ripped. On and on it goes. The creators are responsible for copyrighting and following up if they want to protect their content. My content that I created has never been ripped. That tree my friend made was, and I followed up on it. Sacrarium honors take down requests, White assured me if he saw the content he would pull it. Sac has always honored the DMCA. It falls on the creator to protect their content, then and only then will the finger pointing stop.
Some feel if the content stays in SL there would be no issue in Opensim, this is not true, the botting started in SL bringing the content to opensim to have better content and it became sport to the ripper, a thrill to them.
If content is viewed on a PC screen it can be botted, nothing is safe virtually. That is why creators must protect their content, follow up if they see it out there. The Creator.
The question too then becomes, how do we stop all the opensim police, all those people who feel the content was ripped and they have no idea really where it came from, to them it is sport to call out illegal content, but how do they know it is illegal? This to me is as much of a crime as the stolen content, we are not here to police or judge anyone.
Should there be an economy in Opensim, should people sell here? At one time yes we welcomed content in opensim and we were willing to pay for it, now, not so much. There is too much free content. If you rely on sales as income it would be better to sell in SL.