Adult content

Hi there, it took me a while to get an update up here again. RL kept me from being in-world much (what's new :)) and a new matter has rissen, more about that in the text below. There also were some new sets, which I will show here soon.

Some of you know, most of you have heard about it or not at all. Linden Labs is going to change Second life bij implementing an 'Adult content' filter. Click this link and this one to find out what it exactly means.

As a content creator of women's colthing with some sexy and exposing sets in my store I find myself in a grey area: Is my content 'mature' or 'adult'? When I censor the images of exposed body parts, it should be 'mature' but this will mean somehow blurring or covering up a lot of vendors with 'censored content' signs, making the store looking less attractive and making the shopping experience less fun. Yet I want to keep my store open for everyone mature since I also sell 'normal oufits'. Stupid thing is that there LL hasn't given clear guidelines on how to censor content... The date on the official blog postings is set to the end of June (this is the planned release date of viewer 1.23), and I don't think I'm the only one that needs some time to adjust...

Linden labs says that this has nothing to do with the involvement of real life companies and 'cleaning up' second life for a better image to the outside world. I don't think it that is the case. The way they go about it shows that they are going to implement it anyway and in a way they seem fit (it already has been built into the server software and the new viewer rc...), protest or other suggestions will have no effect and I wonder how much money investors have offered for a 'clean' second life...

Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with the plan itself, it is the way it is enforced that bugs me. Google has a safe-search filter standard enabled and I can disable it if I choose to. I don't have to send Google any credit card or payment information or prove to them in any way that I'm over 18. Why is Linden Labs doing so? (and even then, there is a standard enabled filter in the future SL-viewer too...)

I'll probably get back to this subject in future... Maybe it will all work out... and maybe it will turn into one big mess :) For now I'm redoing the vendor posters and waiting for some clearity from LL on the changes that are coming...