Draconic Lioncourt: I've been luckier then others when it comes to the theft issue. I haven't had my entire store raped several times over like some people I know. When it does happen though, it sucks hard. I get so angry and I feel so violated and helpless over the fact that there really isn't anything I can do to protect against it. I try not to let that affect me but I would be lying if I said it didn't. It's hard to want to make something when you get paranoid that it is just going to be taken. It breaks my heart when I see my friends suffer from it as well. Good people and GOOD designers are essentially being driven off SL from it all. I realize I have no real solutions but there are some good ideas out there and some not so good ones. Either way at least people are recognizing the problem and making an effort to stop it. That's what's important right now. Support your designers, they need all the encouragement they can get right now!
Shelly Toonie: You know, content theft has happened to so many of my friends. We all put so much into what we do here..our work is part of who we are. And to find that something is worthless in the blink of an eye is just so disheartening.
I don't know what the perfect solution is--I've heard some fantastic ones tossed around. There is no quick fix for this so I think we all need to remember we're in this for the long haul. Awareness--designers, bloggers, I've heard most of us say "I'm a hermit" Make sure you talk to each other..make sure you know what, who, how things are being copied. Get out of our comfort zones and talk, educate.
Working Together--Stay focused. We're not all right; we're not all wrong. We ARE all on the same side. Really those things are so vital.