The Rules for Merchants


Why have rules? Because without them, we have headaches. That’s the collective “we” again (hunters, merchants, admins) – everyone’s life is easier if the merchants know what to do, and the hunters know what to expect. Trust us, we’ve been through this. ;) And with that said – here we go.

  1. You may not rename your hunt box. [more info]
  2. If you’re going to include a LM to your own store, it needs to be IN the box with your items. [more info]
  3. You must sell the CONTENTS of the hunt box for L$0. [more info]
  4. You need to box up your hunt gift, and put YOUR box inside the ‘hunt box’. [more info]
  5. You can’t resize, retexture, recolor, remove the rotate script, or otherwise change the external appearance of the box. [more info]
  6. You must place the hunt box within 30 meters of the place hunters land. [more info]
  7.  STORES IN SKYBOXES (Addendum rule):[more info]
  8. If you’re going to hide the hunt box, you must hide it fairly.[more info]
  9. You are limited to a total of eleven (11) visible hunt boxes at your location.  [more info]
  10. You may not break up your main prize into many pieces in order to make hunters find more boxes. [more info]
  11. You may not create a gift that violates someone else’s Intellectual Property Rights. [more info]

So them’s the rules. If you apply/register, you’re agreeing to them. And we’ll hold you to them. You should know up front we’re going to make every SLurl of every participating store, in order, available to hunters from day 1. If you frustrate them – they’ll have the ability to move on to the next location without your gift. And that may seem just fine – but really, it’s better if they get it – because they might love your stuff and want to shop with you. But they’ll never find that out if they get so frustrated hunting for your prize that they give up and skip you.

Some Words of Friendly Warning

Every hunt, we inevitably get at least one merchant who thinks they have a good explanation why one or more of the above rules should not apply to them — so we want to be very up front and say this:

We will never agree with you.

These rules exist for very good reasons, and no merchant or sponsor is exempt from them — no matter how good a reason they think they have. If you break the rules, you will only be creating work and frustration for others — as the Twisted Assistants WILL hound you until you are back in compliance or we are forced to remove you from the hunt. For every broken rule, at least two man hours of work is created for a person who volunteers their time. It’s not fair to the hunters, it’s not fair to the assistants who must spend time making you keep your word, and it’s not fair to the other merchants who keep to the rules. We record the names of our problem children — and they may very well find themselves not invited back to the hunt again.

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IP Infringment, TOS Policies and You (You really need to read this.)

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- The short and not so nice way of explaining it: If you are selling IP infringing items we’re going to punt you so hard out of Twisted and all future hunts and events your long since buried relatives are going to feel the boot print.

- The long, thoroughly explained, and LL explanation of IP Policies and You. (We repeat – you need to read this when you accept the rules of the hunt on the application. Failure to read and understand this will be in no fault of our own but yours. Sorry but it has to be done.)

What is the policy regarding infringing/ripped content?

The policy for all forthcoming events will be held to a new standard with the constant changes, and problems that exist in user content. If you rip stuff, be it art, textures, models, whathaveyou – we will punt you out so hard and so fast they will see you fly across the grid. We won’t hesitate either if it can be confirmed.

SOME SPECIAL NOTES:

***IF YOU HAVE AN ART GALLERY***

If you, personally, did not create the artwork or photos in that gallery YOURSELF, do not bring them to Twisted Hunt and/or our other annual events. We will remove you. If you grabbed it from the net, google, whatever, and messed with it in Photoshop – do not bring them to this event. We will remove you.

It does not matter if you make “an original piece just for the hunt/Krissmuss/etc” if everything else in your store originated as someone else’s artwork. We will not keep you in the listings. we are *Not interested* in work that is not completely created by the merchant. Please, save your time and ours – we *really will remove you* if you’re selling work that isn’t yours.

***IF YOU HAVE A TEXTURE STORE***

If you, personally, did not create the textures in that gallery YOURSELF, by your own hand/photo work, do not bring them to the events. We will remove you from it when we find out it’s happened. It’s the age of the internet, someone *somewhere* will have seen something from somewhere, and it better be legit.

It does not matter if you make “an original piece just for the event” if everything else in your store originated as someone else’s texture. We will remove you. we are *Not interested* in work that is not completely created by the merchant. Please, save your time and ours – we *really will remove you* if you’re selling work that isn’t yours.

***IF YOU HAVE A STORE THAT SELLS ANY ARTWORK/TEXTURES AT _ALL_***

Also, please read the above. This rule applies to you also.

***IF YOU SELL MESH CONTENT***

You had to go through the same IP quiz that everyone else did to upload meshes at all. If we find out you’re selling ripped content or if we find out you’re selling INFRINGING content – which doesn’t have to be ripped, just be ripping off someone else’s IP – we will pull you out of Twisted events so fast it will make your head spin. It is not fair to everyone else who busts ass to make their own stuff from scratch. There is no way for us to know the legitimacy of every item in every store location, but you can bet that with that many eyes on items, SOMEONE will know, recognize, and prove where it came from. Don’t do it. We will find out and we will remove you from the event.

Still confused as to why? Read through LL’s terms of Infringing Policies at:

https://secondlife.com/corporate/tos.php?lang=en-US#tos7

Still lost? Twisted Hunt (and Krissmuss often) is listed in the Destination Guide as an attraction event for the SL community. As such – we have to abide by the general rules of the posting requirements.

♦  ♦  Suggested venues must comply with all of the following
♦  ♦  Community Standards
♦  ♦  Trademark Guidelines
♦  ♦  Terms of Service
♦  ♦  DMCA policy
Snapshot and machinima Policy

♦  ♦  ♦  Warning: Do not suggest content that is copyrighted or otherwise subject to another party’s proprietary rights (including privacy, publicity, trademark, and trade secret rights) unless you own the rights or have the owner’s permission. Content determined to infringe upon intellectual property rights is removed from our website and services.  ♦  ♦  ♦

Further Information is found here:

http://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/About-the-Second-Life-Destination-Guide/ta-p/700059#Submission_guidelines

There will be *NO EXCEPTIONS* to this policy. Read. Understand. We’re not being assholes, we have to follow rules – so do you.

And if you’ve made it this far, might as well roll on to the suggestions!