Belleza Venus Mesh Body DMCA Update
From the Belleza Team
We know that there is a huge amount of interest in news about a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notification submitted to Linden Lab against us. We are writing this update to keep you as informed as possible with the latest news.
To recap, on December 1, 2014, we received a notification from Linden Lab saying that a DMCA notification had been submitted to Linden Lab. Linden Lab said that the DMCA notification claimed we had infringed on copyrighted works in Second Life. The Belleza hands, however, are the original content of Tricky Boucher and therefore the notification is incorrect.
Last week, we hired an attorney and worked with him to respond to the DMCA notification. On December 9th, our attorney submitted a DMCA counter-notification to Linden Lab. The DMCA counter-notification states that “the material identified above was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.” After submitting the counter-notification, and by early evening, Linden Lab sent us a copy of the original DMCA notification that was filed against for us to review.
We reviewed the DMCA notification and then contacted the person named as the claimant in the notification. The person named in the notification told us that the person had not filed a DMCA against Belleza and claimed no ownership in the Belleza hands. For these reasons, we believe that not only was the DMCA notification incorrect, the notification was fraudulent and the claimant had impersonated the person named in the notification. At this time, we are not disclosing the person named in the DMCA notification, because that person is not a Second Life user and was impersonated.
Our attorney is currently in the process of speaking with Linden Lab regarding how we can proceed to quickly have the Venus body placed back in-world for sale.
We want to thank everyone for their patience with the process and your understanding that we are working to handle this in the best way possible.
We have received such a huge outpouring of support during this last week that it is truly overwhelming. It is amazing to be part of a community that stands by each other in difficult times, and we cannot thank you all enough for all of the kind words.
Please know as soon as we have more information and or the body is back in-world, we will post an update on our blog.
The Belleza Team
Tricky, Shyla & Felicity
26 thoughts on “Belleza Venus Mesh Body DMCA Update”
Reblogged this on Pixel Style and commented:
good to hear you are making progress!
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Reblogged this on Lipstick & Poison..
Since these complaints are done electronically on the Second Life website, Linden Labs can surely find out who actually submitted the complaint. (I.P. addresses, etc.) A subpoena by Belleza’s attorney could possibly unearth this. Then a civil suit could be filed, if not criminal charges of fraud.
Reblogged this on Here We Go! and commented:
There needs to be a more full-proof way of preventing malicious and fraudulent attacks against good designers.
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Reblogged this on misschevious and commented:
Good to hear this is being sorted but pathetic someone would go to this trouble to make a fraudulent claim…karma will come
So glad this is being taken care, I love my Venus body and look forward to using it and any updates in the years to come
So pleased, but the stress of this must have been unbearable and not needed by any of you. Here’s to a swift resolution and Venus going back on sale very soon:)
Yet another blatant example of DMCA abuse. Who can guarantee that the claimant isn’t actually a copybotter?
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I hope enjoy waiting to recognized the legitimacy of Belleza, will resume sales.
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Reblogged this on Le.Memoirs and commented:
I’m so glad they are taking necessary steps to catch this fraudulent internet bully!
That’s wonderful news! I can’t wait until the Venus body is back in the store so I can buy it.
Blogged the link to this, and commented, on ‘Slikely. Good luck guys on getting this restored as soon as possible!
Yayyy wonderful news! So glad things are getting set right.
Very good news! And it includes a valid advice for everyone who will become a victim of such DMCA bully methods in the future, and the advice is: COUNTER FILE. If everyone does so, then these brainless attackers will be spotted, prosecuted and hit by the law sooner or later.
Sounds weir, LL don’t check the truthfulness from who claims? Everything was about hands? The claimmer was Slink?
Sounds weird, LL doesn’t check the truthfulness from who claims? Everything was about hands? Was Slink the DMCA claimmer? That wasn’t serious.
Linden Lab cannot reform the DMCA. The DMCA is a law that requires them to not ask questions when enforcing take downs. This is driving me crazy because it was taken down the very day I bought L$ to buy this body. :C
Reblogged this on betatested and commented:
Good News! Hopefully LL will work this time a bit faster to give a green light on the sale again. Its enough pain for creators to sort it out but good customers know for what they waiting for 🙂
Glad you have fought it. This nonsense is really hurting our awesome world. I look forward to the improvement of the Venus body and really hope to see a curvy version soon 🙂