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Are they living in an alternate universe? Just how does the non-profit FLWVM hurt the FLW Foundation?
These people DO NOT deserve our financial support. There are a lot of FLW organizations who are doing positive things that need our contributions. Please support them instead.
READ THIS ARTICLE:
http://www.secondtense.com/2010/12/fran ... ers-c.html
More information on this topic from Second Life:
Frank Lloyd Wright Museum to close
I was surprised to receive the following message, sent to the SLED (Second Life Educator's List)
I am saddened to announce the closure of FLWVM by request of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. We had been negotiating for next year's licensing agreement when they abruptly terminated discussions Monday, November 29, and immediately served FLWVM with a Cease & Desist Order. We are no longer able to present any images or works of Mr. Wright. As content providers to the SL community, that leaves us with nothing to provide.
We particularly regret this unhappy ending in that we considered ourselves an exemplary example of SL/RL interaction in working with the foundation devoted to preserving Mr. Wright's reputation, as we were, and doing so in an honorable fashion. We all know of the assumptions that can be made in SL when people build without regard for IP legalities in RL. That's not what the FLWVM board and staff are about.
We are an active, interested group of people, seriously devoted to bringing interesting material to the SL community. We have non-profit status with the US Government, and don't want to see that going to waste. Once the removal is completed December 10, 2010, we will regroup and discuss future possibilities.
Speaking of legalities, if you know of anyone building, selling, representing anything Wrightian in SL, I would strongly advise them to proceed with great caution - they can expect to hear from the foundation's attorney soon. Please feel free to contact me for any further information.
For those who would like to join us, you are cordially invited to a Good-bye to All That dance at the FLWVM site Friday, December 3, 2010. From 6:00-7:00 pm SLT we will have a live performer and from 7:00-9:00 pm SLT there will be a DJ spinning tunes and taking requests. If you can stay until the end, you will find a hauntingly appropriate song being played.
Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum
source: http://music-island.blogspot.com/2010/1 ... close.html
They continually shoot themselves in the foot - all in the the name of "Protecting the Legacy" to the nth degree. They will end up driving the legacy into the ground.
First it was the Legacy Program, now this. I would not of thought I would see a day they would start to pull out of helping to motivate people to go into Architecture, what is next?
Does anyone have the text of the C&D letter?
Their paranoia went in overdrive after the book about the fellowship came out. They gave some slick talking writers unusual access to records and archives....and it turned out to burn them.
I think their time and resources could be used in much better ways. They have had a few decent idea people there, but they dont seem to stick around very long, do they.
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Board of Trustees
Daniel Marquardt, Chairman of the Board
Jeff Grip, Vice Chair
Fred Stratton, Treasurer
Arnold Roy, Secretary
Daniel Marquardt, Chair
Gerald Lee Morosco
[T]he most surprising complaint the Foundation aimed at us was the erroneous assumption that items on the SL Marketplace which were being sold under the name Frank Lloyd Wright (and of course not approved by the Foundation) were somehow the responsibility of the FLWVM/VMI.
And indeed, searching for "Frank LLoyd Wright" in the Second Life Marketplace brings up a number of items with his name in the marketing. So ironically, the rights-respecting, non-commercial group seems to be the one being punished in this case."
source: http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2010/12/frank- ... -life.html
"Over the past several months, the Board of Directors of Virtual Museums, Inc., the RL company that has operated the museum have been in discussions with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Arizona working towards the renewal of our licensing agreement that has been in place since January of this year. Our representative, Ethos Erlanger, undertook the journey to Taliesin West in September and met in person with their representatives, discussed the museum, our goals and their goals for future development and growth and gave them an online tour of the museum campus while at their facility. The possibility of a new licensing agreement that would better fit the scope of a virtual world was also broached in the event that the current agreement could not be renegotiatedâ€¦
We have waited patiently while the Foundation discussed and deliberated the museum, what it could be used for, the time by Foundation staff that would be necessary to devote to this project and ultimately, its potential for royalty revenues for the Foundation. On November 29th, we received a communication from the Director of Licensing informing us in amiable terms that they had reached the conclusion not to continue with the program or license agreement.
We were later notified by their legal counsel that our license agreement, which would have expired at the end of 2010, had been terminated. The termination of the licensing agreement removes all rights we may have had to use the name of Wright, trademarked materials, protected designs such as buildings, furnishings and so forth-in essence, everything that made the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum what it was and is.
Without the assistance of the Wright Foundation and the authorization of their licensing department to operate our museum under their guidance, without access to materials that allow for the most realistic builds possible and without a positive and productive working relationship in the future, the Board of Directors of Virtual Museums, Inc. feel that it is no longer possible to continue operation of the museum at the present time." --With best wishes to you
Ethan Westland, Chairman
Virtual Musuems, Inc
full letter here: http://www.primperfect.net/flwvm_closure.html
This pretty much summarizes my feelings on the matter:
"This sounds like a short-sighted punative action by the Foundation that will rob potentially hundreds of thousands of people learning about the work and legacy of this ground-breaking architect. Frankly this seems to go against the very mission of the Foundation, which is to: 'preserve Wrightâ€™s legacy; provide opportunities for the public to learn about the principle ideas embodied in his work; increase public awareness of the importance of architecture to society and the individual; and stimulate a demand for excellence in architecture and design'."
from: http://www.betterverse.org/2010/12/fran ... er-10.html