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RPG Post: Important - Please read

This post is for the people who are involved in worldaffairs or intl_relations.

Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I think we should friends-lock these two communities as well as all the character ljs. I've been reading in the rp_discuss community, and there have been a couple of posts about the LJ Administrators deleting, without any advance warning, character ljs in a celebrity roleplaying community. Apparently "impersonation" of actual people is a violation of LJ's Terms of Service, and having disclaimers on the community or individual ljs is no protection or defense. (Neither is being unaware of what the TOS says.)

Granted, most of our characters are foreign leaders and so not likely to raise red flags with anyone, but George is a different story. And we've already seen what happened to speaker_pelosi. Once an lj is gone, there's no getting the posts or comments back; it would make me sick to see to see all of dominiquelechic's or vlad_impaler's work lost.

Let's talk about this, either here or outside LJ.



Jan. 27th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
Here's the lj post that talked about the deletion: http://community.livejournal.com/rp_discuss/28810.html. If the poster is correct, the LJ people don't seem to see any difference between roleplaying and impersonation in the legal sense. You're right, though, that they seem to turn a blind eye except in the specific case of a complaint, and then it's only the journal that inspired the complaint that's deleted. Otherwise Vlad and Domi and the other WA character ljs would have been erased at the same time Pelosi's was, and the same thing in the case of the celebrity roleplayers.

I'm still hoping to hear what Tavi thinks about all this.
Jan. 27th, 2007 08:17 am (UTC)
I think that certainly one journal needs to be locked - Nico's. If anyone's journal is heading for potential trouble, it's his.
Jan. 27th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
I still wonder why you think he's most at risk.
Jan. 27th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Just because he's him. You know, highly concerned about image and a bit paranoid...