IMVU Inc: Support and protect your Creators!
  • Petitioned Cary Rosenzweig

This petition was delivered to:

President and Chief Executive Officer
Cary Rosenzweig
Sr. Manager, Customer Care & Education
Jeff Hanlon
Senior Manager, Community Experience
Varsha Baichwal
Customer Service Representative
Cathy Negado
Management Team and CEO
IMVU Inc.

IMVU Inc: Support and protect your Creators!

    1. Melisa Nolan
    2. Petition by

      Melisa Nolan

      San Antonio, TX

With the recent changes in IMVU's creation mode and the policy changes to push for paid users only to have access to it, we of the IMVU development and creators community seek to address the wording and circumstances of these changes. We believe that IMVU has become more a "cashcow" and using "bait and switch" techniques for marketing their products and services. However, at the cost of higher pricing for submissions, less access availability to guest_ or name registered users. What we want, is simple.

-Protect our creations from theft.
It's been a known problem for sometime now and yet IMVU's client development has been far behind on actually doing anything about it. Watermarking, or random generated code keys for each creator would help assist with protecting the non-derivable material on the catalog and we want to see this happen.

-Get rid of the VIP only access to creation mode.
Not only will this drop the amount of products submitted, it will reduce the amount of credits being bought and used to purchase any of the virtual goods. Keep the credits flowing, by allowing users with names registered and up in paid services to have full access to creation mode. This would allow us all to have a chance to learn and submit material that could benefit the community and the company on the whole.

-Rewrite the policy.
Offering a contract that not only binds the creator to use their own material, or the materials offered in Stock (Derivables) would give IMVU a loophole to hold against the thieves of the community. Not only that, it would offer IMVU a chance to publicly amend their accusations of non-paying customers being the "problem".

-Rebuild the client.
Protection for creations starts at the base we use to build them, watermarking should be offered with creation submissions, and we believe this would help locate and stop thieves by putting the watermark on "preview" mode to prevent them from ripping the meshes from the client's current model. Not only that, it would point out submissions with watermarks and reject them from the submissions system as well as put out a warning to the users to use derivable meshes or make their own, protecting the base creator from theft.

-Approach the issue from all sides.
As creators some of us make real life funds from the submissions we put into the catalog. Some of us don't see any credits from our submissions and others of us don't do it for funds, but for the fun of it. We want to keep the creation mode as a fun feature for all users that have paid into the IMVU economy system, be it purchasing the name, or buying credits from qualified resellers. But all in all, we cannot keep making the virtual materials if we are not given the valid and qualified support we need. IMVU wishes to resolve the issues with theft while continuing to make money, but Creators do not wish to pay extra for a service they had for free all this time.

So, let us meet on a middle line, you provide the tools and support to protect our virtual goods from theft, and we will continue to support IMVU by using the creation mode fairly. This is our demand to be heard, we want justice for the thefts and we demand it fairly.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Closure date extended

      Melisa Nolan
      Petition Organizer

      Due to the fact that it seems IMVU -is- listening to us but not speaking up. Ballsy of them I'd think. Anyhow, I extended the closure date for the petition for the 25th, there is still time to share this with your friends and family to push IMVU to support and protect our creators, but it's up to you to get this information out there. I fear my time in college and on campus during the past few weeks has led me to go a little lax on pushing this drive along. Forgive me that, I hope all of you have a lovely memorial day.

    2. Activity Watch:Signature Quota lowered

      Melisa Nolan
      Petition Organizer

      I noticed the last few days that the user activity on the client and on site has dropped to nearly 20-30k users a night. I lowered the signature quota due to this in order to represent the active numbers among the user base. Please keep spreading the word, we can do this before the 19th, just gotta keep trying!

    3. Over 1k signatures and still growing!

      Melisa Nolan
      Petition Organizer

      Don't give up yet, we hit the first speed bump so hang on tight! We still have a long way to go, if you can talk to your family, your sisters and brothers online, moms, dads, grandparents, cousins, hell even your next door neighbors to read this and give us their signature - we could be well on our way to 2 to 4k alone! We may be slow to start, but we have a lot of ways to get the word out to achieve our goal! Twitter, Facebook and even Tumblr posts will raise the bar considerably! So don't be shy, post in the public pulse, facebook, or twitter, let it fly from there!

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Repeat posts and language

      Melisa Nolan
      Petition Organizer

      Please be sensitive to your language with your reason post, please. I appreciate the replies, but there are children that do have access to this site and to viewing pulse as well. Thank you all again for your avid support!

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. We can do this!

      Melisa Nolan
      Petition Organizer

      If you have a blog, share it. If you have facebook, post it! If you have twitter, spread it, hashtag it #NomoreIMVU. Personalize it, but get the word out there folks, we need to get as many signatures as possible by the 19th, if we can get over the range we have set, that would be truly awesome.

    8. WOW! 300+ signatures overnight!

      Melisa Nolan
      Petition Organizer

      I have to commend each and everyone of you for the amazing show of support you guys are putting forth! I have acquired the email addresses of the management team of IMVU, and the CEO of the company's is listed as well. If they do not hear us now, they will when I speak with the Chamber of Commerce about their bad business ethics and worst customer service representation to the entirety of the paying community. We might not just be heard in a resounding shout, we'll be leaving a ringing in their ears that they will be hearing for years to come. Respect your customers, don't tromp on them.

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Any additional changes?

      Melisa Nolan
      Petition Organizer

      PM BaesonnaKaenae, I'll happily change anything on the petition to benefit our cause. Feel free to add me if you wish, I'm a bit spammy with the petition link right now on pulse but the more sharing the better!

    11. Reached 25 signatures
    12. Sharing the petition

      Melisa Nolan
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this petition with your friends and family on IMVU, we do want to get this support going but they won't listen to us without showing numbers.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ronald Wells BAKERSFIELD, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Tired of IMVU going against their own TOS, and making up new rules, and regulations as time goes on, just too benefit them, and no one else.

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    • Ana Mondal SACKVILLE, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Discrimination based on monetary status.

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    • Don Spence AKRON, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      am sick and tire of all thhe bull shit that IMVU being doing from takeing away our music that we made to tyhe songs I wrote and rerorded my self and share on IMVU I owne the copy rights to my songs not IMFU thats there new name for all the shit they been pulling, now I have to be A VIP member to make things thats just so wrong this is Amercan the last time I look and we the people have rights.

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    • Darren Macheak WATERLOO, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      I had already boughten ap a long time ago, but bought my name recently wanting to create. I have limited time so I don't carry V.I.P., and the benefits of it aren't worth it.

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    • Jean Martin HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 2 years ago

      Some people haven't had the chance to create even though they have bought their name. Not everyone has the chance to create at the time but wanted to eventually. This shuts down their hopes of doing so. The only 'thievery' I see happening is having to buy VIP to create. Who's to say they won't take it a step further and 'steal' all the devs (who can't afford VIP) intellectual property e.g. Their products and call it their own?

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