Online Worlds With User-Generated Content Like VRChat, Roblox & Second Life Threatened by Upcoming EU Regulation, Says EFF’s Cory Doctorow
VRChat avatars based on copyrighted content
UPDATE, June 20: The EU has approved this copyright policy by a single vote. Here’s what happens next.
The EFF has an important post from Cory Doctorow on a pending update to the EU Copyright Directive, set for vote on June 20 or 21. For reasons he explains there, any Internet platform that allows the publication of user-generated content is about to be hit by a massive, potentially devastating regulation — and yes, that includes virtual worlds like VRChat, Sansar, Second Life, and any others where users can publish content they create or download to the world, i.e. the company’s servers:
“Under Article 13, companies that allow user-generated content of ANY KIND would have to design some kind of machine-learning-based censorship system that used catalogs of known copyrighted works to check user submissions for copyright violations,” as Cory explains to me. “Google spent $60 million developing the ContentID filter system that is only capable of analyzing audio-tracks of video.”
The licensing of the game’s MMO engine includes “ALL of the backend tech that makes an MMO work: accounts, persistence, characters, items, inventory & equipment, monsters, AI, powers, races, classes, zones… all of the hundreds (thousands?) of interlocking systems that make a virtual world tick.” As a result of the licensing agreement, Art Craft has taken in more resources and will be hiring more engineers.
The Gloria Victis team has sent word that aspiring chefs may want to check back into the game thanks to the addition of the cooking system. There are tons of meals and recipes that can provide boons to those partaking. Guilds bringing along a field cook are wise as the food both provides strength and a blessing.
What else does today’s update bring? 4 new locations to capture, 16 new quests per nation, updated placement of several locations and numerous tweaks and fixes. We’re also getting close to introduce the farming system soon.