I’m eager to see the amazing builds in The Garden of NPIRL Delights | Rezzable. But I found a curious omission on the website describing the project. There is a page devoted to intellectual property rights, with specific suggestions for how to treat screen shots/photographs taken in the Garden of NPIRL Delights—but the website does not credit a source for the image of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights used on the website, the original of which is in Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.
I’ve never understood the arcana of how an owner can control images of a piece of art that is itself in the public domain—and then there’s the twist that in the US, as I understand it, a faithful reproduction of a piece of two-dimensional art does not itself possess the element of originality necessary for copyright, but in the UK it does.
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I agree with you! I’m sure it was an oversight on Rezzable’s part and I will certainly share your comment with them. It’s always a good idea to leave a comment there, too! You have to give them credit for trying, though. The sheer volume of work behind putting on this effort… I cannot begin to tell you.
The Garden was made possible at great expense on Rezzable’s part, and they haven’t made one cent from it. Not just the tier for four sims for two months, but several Rezzable staffers worked tirelessly for weeks. Granted, many NPIRLers gave freely of their time and work, too, and dozens and dozens of content creators came together for this, for which I am so very grateful.
Just a couple of FYI’s:
– You can also read about the Garden of NPIRL Delights here: http://npirl.blogspot.com/2008/05/virtual-art-show-that-would-not-be.html
– The Garden of Earthly Delights image is in the public domain… (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:GardenED.jpg), one of the reasons why it was possible to create a build festival so close to that theme.
Thank you for writing about the Garden. Imaginative content in virtual worlds needs ALL the support it can get.
Oh! I forgot!! You might want to chime in on this discussion: http://npirl.blogspot.com/2008/06/dear-m-linden-please-help-content.html regarding a proposed way to enhance the protection of intellectual property in-world. Would love to get your opinion.
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