I am sure everyone with even a vague awareness of what is happening in Second Life™ has seen the Flufee Missions, or at least knows of them. I’ve featured several of them. The videos are made by the creative Draxtor Despres (RL: Bernard Drax).
A problem has come up with Flufee. The problem has to do with intellectual property rights. While Drax has made the videos, he did not create Flufee and that has become a problem. So, no more Flufee videos by Drax and associates.[youtube 0sF4QSgU9FQ]
The Flufee avatar is made by an avatar named Dirty Lynx or may be more accurately the Bytegang peeps. You can see the full body mesh avatar in world at Bytegang (URL). There is no doubt it is a cute and creative. And there are various types of these full body avatars.
So, there is the creativity needed to create and model a mesh avatar like Flufee. Dirty Lynx having exercised that talent created Flufee and his cousins and thus in a free market world owns the rights to his creative work.
How Drax can use Flufee in a video, especially if income is involved or if the videos affect Dirty Lynx’s income, depends on several aspects of intellectual property right laws. If Dirty feels something Drax does hurts his sales or the perception of Flufee, then he is within his rights to file suit and stop the damage.
If one wants to use Flufee in videos, they have to get the cooperation of the owner of the rights to Flufee. Just as we have to get the rights to use images of Halle Berry or any other media personality.
It seems Drax and Dirty have different agendas for Flufee… or maybe that is just different levels of commitment to getting the videos out. Whatever, Drax and crew have decided things are not working for them and will discontinue making them. Specifically the Bytegang peeps are not responsive enough for Drax to collaborate with them.
What is Next?
Drax is not suddenly going to stop being creative. He is still into narrative machinima and looking to popularize it outside Second Life. You can see his DraxtorDespres YouTube page for more of what he is doing. There are currently 4,235 subscribers. You can subscribe to follow his work. It is not all SL related.
In addition there is Draxtor.com. Check it out more of his previous work and new releases.
Drax has his SL feed that many follow. Look at the Snapshots. Feeds are very popular with some users. I tend to forget about mine. 🙁 But, Drator’s is reasonably active.