Cheryl, I know you're fairly knew to OpenSim. I guess you haven't seen that many places yet, especially not more obscure, not so well-known places. I guess you've gotten all your freebies from a few rather new and popular sims which you've discovered here on OSW. It's true that the majority of freebie sims (almost) only offer stolen content. But believe me when I say there is indeed legal content made in OpenSim for OpenSim.
Some believe that if it isn't plastered all over the big and popular freebie sims that opened over the last two years, it doesn't exist. Others believe that if it isn't on the same level as the stuff stolen from Second Life where it costs hundreds or thousands of Linden Dollars, it doesn't exist.
But that doesn't mean that literally nothing is being or has ever been created in OpenSim, and absolutely everything has been stolen from Second Life. There have been and still are plenty of creators in OpenSim. Not just Linda Kellie, in case someone wants to reduce OpenSim's own creativity to her.
The former is partly because many OpenSim creators offer their creations no-transfer so that it's easier for them to upgrade them with no old versions remaining available. Another contributing factor is that the owners of many popular freebie sims are too "mafiya"/"gangster" to knowingly have any legal content on their sims (that'd taint their self-imposed image of being a badass criminal outlaw), so that the next generation of freebie sim owners who get all their stuff from such sims doesn't have a chance to pick up legal content.
Mostly, however, it is because OpenSim creators don't offer their creations on those big freebie sims with thousands of boxes of copybotted stuff, because the sims where their creations are available aren't too well-known.
The latter is pure non-sense. Look at what Aaack Aardvark offers on his sim, ArcadiaShop (https://opensimworld.com/hop/86546
). This is on par with absolute luxury content in SL. You think he has stolen it all? Nope. He has made everything from scratch. In fact, people come from SL, steal his stuff, scripts and everything, and put it on the Marketplace for premium prices as their own original creations. Aaack has DMCA'd Linden Lab several times already, always successfully.
And he isn't the only creator in OpenSim. Heard of Bibiana Bombinante and Encantada (https://opensimworld.com/hop/86458
) yet? She's a friend of Aaack's who often helps her with scripts. If you're looking for plants, that's one place for you to go.
Okay, maybe sim decorations don't count, only avatar decorations do? For one, Aaack made these as well. Also, Taarna Welles. Check out Savvy (https://opensimworld.com/hop/75031
) and, when you're on the grid already, her older sim La Baronnie.
If you pick up some of Taarna's clothes, don't complain because they don't fit on your Athena body. Taarna doesn't rig for Athena. Her more recent female mesh clothes are rigged for Ruth2, a free, legal, open-source (https://github.com/RuthAndRoth/Ruth2
) mesh body 100% scratch-made in OpenSim for OpenSim by OpenSim users (Shin Ingen, Ada Radius, Ai Austin, Serie Sumei etc.) with EXACTLY ZERO stolen content from SL. Ruth2 v4 has actually even got advantages over Athena 6. And there's a male counterpart, Roth2.
Another maker of mesh clothes, not quite on Taarna's detail level, but far more prolific, is a good acquaintance of mine, Klarabella Karamell. She mostly makes clothes for herself because she dislikes all that stuff that has been coming in from SL since at least 2015. She has probably made more original mesh skirts over micro-length since the start of the year than have ever been stolen from SL. And she and Taarna are the only makers of medium-height pumps that can be worn by mesh avatars (and Taarna's are sandals available only in black); mind you, all these medium-height shoes can only be worn on Ruth2 feet because they're too tight for Athena. Her creations can be found in the Kaufrausch Mega-Store in Santiago (https://opensimworld.com/hop/78061;
you land right inside the building), her shoe store in the Westend (https://opensimworld.com/hop/80119
) and on her own sim, Bella Klara (https://opensimworld.com/hop/81258
Yet another maker of original mesh clothes is Loru Destiny, another acquaintance of both Klara's and mine. She has a sim with clothes on her grid which you can reach from here: https://opensimworld.com/hop/87665.
Luna Lunaria only offers her creations for money, but they are definitely not stolen either (https://opensimworld.com/hop/86652
); the same goes for Emmalena Damour (https://opensimworld.com/hop/80563
And then there are the many creations from Satyr Aeon, the creator and admin of OpenSimWorld himself, most of which you can find on his own sim (https://opensimworld.com/hop/74730
). They include the OpenSimWorld beacon, of course, as well as the SatyrFarm.
Last but not least, look around Wright Plaza (hg.osgrid.org:80:Wright Plaza). This place is chock-full of original creations.
I could name even more places, even more creators, but that's a lot already.
A different case are creations that were originally made for Second Life but allowed in OpenSim or even brought to OpenSim by their creators where they were modified, especially when they were made open-source. For one, this applies to Damien Fate's mesh clothes templates (https://outworldz.com/Secondlife/posts/mesh-templates/
) which have often been used in the mid-2010s before copybotted mesh clothes started flooding onto the Hypergrid. Klara has used them a lot in the past, as has Cary Bean (Deva Moda), as has Thirza Ember (HG Safari), as have others, and Klara's new skirts are designed to match Damien's clothes in shape.
And then there is Arcadia Asylum a.k.a. Aley Arai a.k.a. Aley Resident. She started in Second Life where she offered her creations as freebies right away, even open-source and under a free license. When OpenSim had come along, someone asked her if they could take her creations to OpenSim. Not only did she allow that, she joined OpenSim herself, uploaded her existing creations and started creating for both Second Life and OpenSim from then on. You can sill find her very recognisable works in many places such as in the Arcadia-Aley Library (https://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/NewMediaArts-CTO/Arca...
) or elsewhere, partly amongst other things (https://opensimworld.com/hop/84940, https://opensimworld.com/hop/79330, https://opensimworld.com/hop/78749
If you should meet my in-world sister Juno Rowland, she's likely to be decked out only in legal content (although we aren't sure about the hair, and a good AO with clearly legal origins is hard to find).