A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Second Life Best Practices in Education conference, which was informative, educational and a major undertaking. Hats off to the people who organized this conference: Marlene Brooks (SL Zana Kohime), Chris Collins (SL Fleep Tuque), Doreen Pugh (SL Veritas Variscan), Beth Ritter-Guth (SL Desideria Stockton). They did a phenomenal job as evidenced by the 1,000 educators and distinguished keynote speakers from all over the world who attended this 24-hour event! Tell me Second Life isn’t a powerful collaboration and distance education tool! Remarkably, I really felt like I was at a regular conference. It was surreal but at the same time, it was just as educational and valuable as any other well planned conference I’ve attended in real life.
While there, I took a lot of pics to post online and for the dedicated Flickr page. As I was getting ready to do so, I stopped. When you photograph groups of people in RL, it isn’t necessary to gather model release forms. It is necessary if you use an individual’s image for a particular purpose. Can you post pictures of avatars without previous consent from the person behind the avatar? This issue has me wondering especially after hearing of a builder getting upset about someone posting pics of her builds.
I think it’s a good practice to ask permission or at least inform that individual that their image will be used in an ad, editorial, or promotional piece.
I am curious if it’s a big deal or not.
Friday, June 15, 2007