Metaversally Speaking’s Prad Prathivi wrote this extensive and comprehensive guide to dealing with content theft. Highly reccomended if you’re lost with what to do if you’ve been the victim of CopyBot, GL Intercept or other theft.

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While browsing through a shop, I came across a girl wearing a pair of boots that I knew from a copybot evidence picture.  After checking to confirm what they were, I sent an IM to the person wearing them, and this conversation ensued:
[16:28]  Arwyn Quandry: Hey, where’d you get your boots from?
[16:28]  Bootgirl: There cb’d/
[16:28]  Bootgirl: .* (more…)

Life is full of trolls. When they ruin your day, you’ve made theirs.

Trolls.

So how are we to deal with these pests of society?

The incentive of trolls is the key to the equation. The answer is extremely simple: “for teh lulz.” Trolls get their kicks and giggles from seeing people irritated, enraged, confused and upset. The victory is in knowing that you’ve successfully trolled someone so hard, they’ve gone over the edge.

Teen Second Life has a gratuitious amount of trolls. Most of them harass newbies and Lindens in-world with pointless rants on anything from burgers to white supremacy. Furries are a special target for trolls, as well. Keep a cool head and remember that becoming upset will only mean, as a /b/tard troll would put it, “You lost the game.”

And at the end of the day, solace in the fact that internet trolls are the people who have been trolled in real life.

~V.

To keep track of all the content that’s being photographed and is suspected or confirmed as being copybotted, I’ve created a Flickr group.  This group is open to anyone to join and view.  My aim is to be able to use this to show what we think might be copybotted so it can be confirmed, and the original creator can be alerted.  If you know who made the original content in a picture, are the maker of it, or can get in touch with them, please comment on the picture.

Cross-Grid Copybotted Content

Greetings all!

“Scouring the Grid” – A semi-consistent posting sequence concerning copybotting’s rank infiltration of our lovely Teen Grid. For #1, I present to you:

Copybotters: None the Wiser


I had just finished a discussion over copybots, copybotting, copybotees and the infamous (If not famous) copybotters, when an idea came to me. Why not do some pro P.I.-scouring in search of the best of the worst copybotted material there was to find? I knew where to find them. Wherever there’s a mass of green dots, there will be a copybot haven.

To say I found a few to my quest would be a painful understatement. I certainly found an infestation; such an infestation that almost every single avatar sitting at a bar were wearing PornStar’s Converses. Some had glowing laces, whilst others were brightly colored. My investigation lead me to a sad truth: these abused shoes have become a staple of Freebie Life on the Teen Grid. Ask anyone in a 50-meter-radius of a club or hangout for some “good shoes”; chances are you’ll get a neatly packaged box of Converses in your inventory.

This observed, I left and began searching for more copybots to inspect. What I found was both horrible and hilarious:

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As you can see, he clearly left Armidi as the scarf’s name. Now, I’m no Armidi expert, but I somehow have a feeling that no LooneyGooney Waffle made such a fine scarf. And if there were, I would suggest counseling for his looney-gooney obsession over waffles. LooneyGooney’s profile showed typical signs of an alt-bot; no groups, no profile picture, no partners, interests or picks.

However, it’s not uncommon to find copybotters with ridiculous names. I’ve seen names that range from self-descriptions of cows to those who claim they’re your best friend and then some. Why copybotters chose these names is beyond me. If you’re going to erroneously claim that you’ve made something, at least give yourself a name worth repeating.

That said, there have been some pretty good names. Dangerous Grut is an example of one copybotter who states his case quite clearly.

But as for LooneyGooney? Well, he clearly needs his waffle fix.

~V.

See more copybot pictures at my Flickr stream.

Welcome to the blog of the TGAC. This is an ambitious project with a lot of work ahead of it – feel free to explore as the site develops.

— The Committee.