The Content Liberation Front

(This post was updated on October 24, 2014 to reflect the changes that were announced here: Kitely Market to Support High Fidelity).

Are you a content creator in Second Life who’s concerned about the latest TOS changes? Are you worried about what will happen to your content? If so, then have we got a deal for you! You can now use Kitely to create a perfect backup of your content so that you’ll never be at anyone’s mercy again.

What does this mean? Well, you probably feel that due to Second Life’s new policies you’re losing control over your content. You want to reclaim control, which means first of all that you have your own copy of your content on your hard disk. In addition, you want to have the flexibility to move this content wherever you want: to any grid, with any company, or even just for your own personal use.

Here’s what we’re offering: copy your content to Kitely, and we will give you full control over it. You’ll get a full, perfect copy of your objects and assets on your hard disk. Having your own personal copy of this data means that no company will ever be able to hold your content hostage again.

How does it work? There are three steps:

  1. Upload your content to Kitely and add it to Kitely Market.
  2. Use our Content Analyzer to fix problems.
  3. Export the content to another grid or to your hard disk.

To be clear, you don’t have to make your content available for purchase on Kitely Market.  You can keep selling only on the Second Life Marketplace, while making your products in Kitely Market Inactive, which means that you’re the only one who will see them. The reason Kitely Market is involved in this process at all is that it contains two powerful features: first, the Content Analyzer which allows you to find and fix problems; and second, Kitely Market can be used to deliver your content to other grids.

Let’s go over these steps in more detail:

Step 1 – Upload Content to Kitely Market

You can add your content to Kitely Market for free:

  • Asset uploads – FREE
  • Land – FREE (by building in the Kitely Merchants Sandbox)
  • Listing fees – FREE (we’ve eliminated all listing fees!)

You may have heard that Kitely uses per-minute charges, and you’re wondering if it’s really free. We do have such charges in some places, but not in the Kitely Merchants Sandbox. So adding content to Kitely Market costs you zero, nada, zilch.

There are well known Second Life Merchants already listing their items in Kitely Market - read one testimonial here:

There are well known Second Life merchants already listing their items in Kitely Market. Here’s one testimonial:

Step 2 – Use the Content Analyzer to fix problems

You will probably use a program such as Second Inventory or Imprudence to copy your content from Second Life to Kitely. These tools save a lot of time, but they often have some problems in the content that they create. We have an awesome tool to help you find and fix these problems: the Content Analyzer. When you add a product to Kitely Market, the Content Analyzer checks it for missing or invalid assets, and shows you what needs to be fixed. For more information, see this blog post.

Kitely Market Content Analyzer

Step 3 – Export to Another Grid or to Your Hard Disk

If you’ve been burned by Second Life then you don’t want to lock yourself into another company. Even if you think Kitely is a great company run by swell guys (we really are!), you want to control your content. We understand, and that is why we enable you to export your content to your hard disk or have it delivered to another grid.

Kitely Market can deliver content to other grids, so you’ll be able to deliver the items you list to any Hypergrid-enabled grid or even deliver to closed grids if they are properly set up.

Another option is to send your items directly from your avatar to avatars on other Hypergrid-enabled grids (export controls will apply to help protect other people’s content).

Finally, if you own a Kitely World, you can rez your items in that world and export it to a standard OpenSim Archive (OAR) file. You’ll be able to use that file to restore your content on any OpenSim-based grid or standalone simulator (including on your personal computer).

You Have Rights

We respect your rights and we don’t claim ownership over your creations. You retain sole copyright over your content, and the only license that you give to Kitely is to allow us to handle your content as required by the services that you choose to use. If you’re up to reading legalese, here are our terms of service; note in particular the rights that you have, which are listed in the section “Proprietary Rights”. We’ve updated our terms of service today to clarify how your content may be used.

You can control the use of your content by setting the Export permission in Kitely Market. If you make a product Exportable then it can be sold to other grids, and backed-up by users. If you make a product No-Export then it can only be used in Kitely: we will not allow it to be accessed by other grids, or saved in OAR files (except by you). This last part means that if your No-Export product is used as a component in someone else’s product then that other person won’t be able to export his or her product to an OAR file unless they first remove your No-Export component.

No Strings Attached

As we’ve explained, you don’t have to actually make your products available for sale in Kitely Market in order to take advantage of this offer. If you wish, you can make the products Inactive or delete them. But we hope that you will choose to make your products available for sale. If you do so then you’ll be able to sell to all Kitely users, and to users in hundreds of hypergrid-connected grids. You’ll be able to do this from a single online store, and without having to re-upload your content to each grid. You’ll even be able to sell to non-hypergrid connected grids, by exporting your products to an OAR file and then uploading it to those grids.

If you want to learn more about Kitely Market then you may be interested in the presentation I gave in the OpenSim Community Conference 2013.

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  • very nice – will tweet this progressive service =)

    • Thank you Ener, I think it’s important for content creators to change the balance of power to help keep all marketplace operators in check. Once marketplace operators know that content can be painlessly taken to a competing marketplace operator, the people who run those businesses will work much harder to keep content creators happy. The more people follow this call-to-action, the more power they will have collectively to protect their interests. It’s a message I think is worth spreading via as many means as possible.

  • Trinity Yazimoto

    thank you. That’s now an opportunity im considering seriously. Ill need first to meet Kitely and become a bit familiar with it. But yes, anyway, it cant hurt, and i had already the plan to come and visit some of the sims there that looks already beautiful and id like to photography. So well, maybe ill be here earlier than planed.

    • Great, I’ll be happy to meet inworld and answer any questions you may have. You can also ask questions in our forums and get answers from Kitely community members as well. 🙂

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  • I have historic heritage content in Second Life dating back to 2003 which spans significant amounts of land across 4 (SL mainland) sims in SL’s snow regions. I have spent many thousands of $ on land fees and tier payments every month for 10 years.

    The content is highly detailed with a demanding landscape in mountainous regions and I have spent much of the last 10 years creating, extending and adapting it as well as my online store with thousands of items for sale. What am I able to transfer to Kitely and how? Am I able to copy the topography of the sims themselves exactly as the land is shaped in SL? If so, how?… advice appreciated.. I would value assistance to help me create as much of this content in Kitely for significantly lower fees.

  • Progressive thinking and actions like this are refreshing to see. Well done, Ilan. This sounds like a great service.

    • Thank you Pathfinder, we believe helping people avoid vendor lock-in is a good way to insure service providers understand that placing their customers’ needs first is essential to their own company’s long-term success.

      Ultimately, the fact that people can easily switch services helps the entire ecosystem by removing immoral behavior from the list of business strategies companies can use. This helps create a healthier competitive landscape which is good for the continued development of quality services.

      Once a sufficiently big company adopts an open-data initiative other companies need to follow suit or risk being avoided by informed customers (many of which tend to be quite vocal in educating the uninformed about their options). This can create a snowball effect which can drive many other companies to adopt open-data policies as well. Once that happens, companies that try to lock in their users by keeping their content hostage will start coming under a lot of pressure to allow their users to reclaim control over their own user generated content. After a sufficient amount of time we’ll end up with a rebalanced ecosystem where customers are happier and companies that make sure to keep them that way can earn more money. A Win-Win situation for everyone that is committed to playing fair.

      • I think this approach is very refreshing also. The “sufficient amount of time” is what concerns me, but I am hopeful, and watchful, in that regard.

        I would love to see a much healthier commercial and competitive environment than I have heretofore seen. There will, of course, be those entrenched in doing things otherwise, thus, you’re “Ultimately, the fact that people can easily switch services helps the entire ecosystem by removing immoral behavior from the list of business strategies companies can use.” sentence will, for a time, seem to prevail to some.

        I personally think this may likely get worse before getting better, so strong minds and perseverance as well as patience will be required to not only overcome this but do it in a more timely manner.

        If this works out, imo, the Metaverse may in fact start growing again and the “forces of good” may in fact overcome the negatives. I will continue to watch and see how that goes and, for what little it is worth, I like the approach you folks have here in these regards, especially.

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