Attribution

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An attributed item in the shop.

Creators of items, including Three Rings, often publish the source code and art for an item so it may be publicly accessed. The intent is that other creators can use the source to learn or modify and publish their own value-added works. When you list your own item that is based on someone else's work, you must give them credit for the original work, or attribute them.

Basis item - an original item, not using components of anyone else's work. This includes items inspired by others' work but made from scratch--no copying, tracing, decompiling.

Derivation - an item that was created by using components, art, or other work from a basis item.

All items must comply with the Content Copying and Derivation policy. Items not in compliance should be reported and are subject to attribution by Agents or deletion.

To attribute a basis item on a derivation you are listing in the Shop, use the "List Item" link on the item's page in your Stuff tab. In the "Attribution" section, use the dropdown box to select one of your favorited items as the basis. The dropdown list is populated with items you have favorited. If you do not see the correct item in the dropdown list, go and favorite that item, and then come back to the list.

Attributing Items

When you decide to list an avatar, furniture, backdrop, toy, pet or image that is derived from someone else's work of the same item type, you can attribute the original source item of the same type in the listing screen.

  1. Make sure you have Shop-favorited.png favorited the original source item in the shop.
  2. View your item in your Stuff tab and click on "List Item."
    The listing window including an attribution section.
  3. Use the dropdown menu to select the source item that you wish to attribute. Listed items that you created, uploaded, and favorited will not show up in the dropdown menu. Only favorited items of the same type that were created and listed by other players will show up in the list.
  4. Your item will need to be listed in the same currency as the source item (bars or coins). Along with the appropriate pricing for your item according to the initial rating you give it, your item needs to cost at least as much the source item costs plus the minimum pricing. For example, if the source item costs 10,000 coins and you rate your item 1 star, your item will need to cost at least 10,010 coins. If the source item costs 10 bars and you rate your item 1 star, your item will need to cost at least 11 bars. If your item does not cost enough, when you click on List you will get an error message telling you how much the item needs to cost.
    Error message for an item that needs to cost at least 11 bars.
  5. Click on List it! and if there are no errors, your item will be added to the shop.

If you are listing a cross-type derivation, for example a pet derived from an avatar, you will need to use the "old fashioned" way of attribution--use the item's description to give credit to the original creator from whom you derived your item.

Profits from Attributed Items

The source creator gets 30% of the base item price (same as the original item).

For an item where the original item costs 10,000 coins and the derived item costs 10,010 coins, the source creator gets 30% of 10,000 coins = 3,000 coins.

The derivative creator gets 30% of the remaining cost (derivative item price - original item price).

For an item where the original item costs 10,000 coins and the derived item costs 10,010 coins, the derivative creator gets 30% of 10,010 - 10,000 coins = 3 coins.

Repricing Source Items

When a creator reprices an item in the shop that is attributed by derived items, the derived items are automatically repriced to use the new required minimum pricing. A warning confirmation will show up when you reprice and if confirmed, the derived items will automatically be repriced.

If you switch currencies (from bars to coins or from coins to bars), the warning confirmation will tell you that the derived items will be delisted. If confirmed, the derivatives will be delisted and automated mail will be sent to their creators about the delisting.

Repricing warning confirmation.
Currency switch delisting warning confirmation.

Delisting Source Items

When a creator delists an item in the shop that is attributed by derived items, the derived items are automatically delisted because they can no longer meet the requirement to attribute derived items. A warning confirmation will show up when you delist a source item and if confirmed, the creators of the derived items will automatically receive mail from the source creator about their delistings.

Delisting warning confirmation.
An example of a delisting mail.

Switching Items to Hidden

If an original item is switched to "Hidden," the derivative items will still mention the original item name & creator. The item name will no longer be a clickable link.

If a derivative item is switched to "Hidden," the original item will still mention the derivative item name. The item name will no longer be a clickable link.

An original item seen in the shop with the linked derived item name.

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