I think that the newssharing winds up generating truth tribalism, as people select what news sources they want to listen to and which to disbelieve based on their preexisting biases and prejudices. It balkanizes society across the board in a similar way as we used to only see among the "chattering classes" who "don't know anybody who voted for Bush" in the 2000 and 2004 elections.
People may avoid paywalls, but they still create their own walled ghettos of the sort of truth they are willing to believe along with those of similar bias.
You have now been exposed to Second Life's resident toxo plasmosis poster girl, Prokofy Neva, whose paranoid schitzophrenic ravings about leninist conspiracies and bolshevic e-terrorism reach new heights of lunacy in creative prose. She naturally writes better gonzo journalism than Hunter ever could, and unintentionally as well.
"Actually, it means depriving someone of the use or possession of something, by unlawful means."
Firstly, the leaker had been personally given authorized access by Kalel Venkman himself, so there is absolutely no question she accessed the data as an authorised user/editor. Thus claiming a 'hack' or 'theft' is a mislabelling.
"Leak" is the proper term for release of proprietary data which was either obtained by the wiki owners themselves in an illegal manner, or which illustrates them engaging in illegal, immoral, or unethical activities. The leaker, as an authorised user/editor of the data resource, was within their rights to release this data to the public because it illustrates the criminal nature of the organization collecting the data, and the leakers actions are protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act, which protects such acts whether committed as members of government, corporate, or nonprofit entities to expose the criminal, immoral, or unethical activities of said organization.
(Some have tried to claim the whistleblower act only protects government employees, this is not true). Said infringement thus serves a public purpose under the auspices of the Act and is therefore protected.
Most importantly, the JLU's activities illustrated in the leaked data bring defamation and disrepute upon the copyrighted properties of DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Warner Brothers, in addition to defaming and libelling those they spied and kept dossiers on.
Finally, the JLU does not own the rights to most of the content that was leaked, particularly they do not own the rights to the recorded speech of non-JLU members, nor do they own the rights to the JLU logo or to their avatar designs. The JLU acknowledges this in the wiki itself, thus illustrating to the public that they are aware that they are in violation of the copyrights of others and are prepared to take countermeasures if they are ever held to task for this violation.
The proper ruling, a judge would have prohibited Southern California from having the word "Southern" in its name since its not in the South, i.e. was never a member of the Confederate States of America. He would then order them renamed the University of Ozone California...
The JLU are NOT the nice bunch of charitable social workers that people like GreenLantern Excelsior would have you believe. GLE is one of the nicer ones, but he tends to be the public face who makes excuses for the rest.
The JLU's "mission" is to "fight griefers" in Second Life. They've gained quite a bit of reputation and influence from doing so, in the community and with Linden Lab, owner of Second Life. The problem is that the JLU has a history of infiltrating and helping to organize griefer groups, directing their attacks against wealthy users (i.e. estate owner landlords) in order to encourage them to join their security group, and to give the JLU griefer events prepackaged for them to "combat" with abuse reports to Linden Lab. Because of this, the JLU is responsible for 1/6th of all abuse reports filed on the Second Life grid, and Linden Lab sees them as great "griefer fighters"...
In a nutshell, they operate a huge false flag operation in order to perpetuate and justify their own existence and build their influence and reputation...
As a real world example, imagine if an intelligence agency armed and trained a bunch of disgruntled 3rd world people (say, fundamentalist muslims) or disaffected military veterans (like Timothy McVeigh), who then went and attacked the US, giving the government the pretext to justify passing lots of draconian antiterrorism laws that restrict the Constitutional rights of the citizens and justifies excuses for invading foreign countries and engaging in wars against people who never attacked us.... uh, yeah...
Second Life users own their content. However in this case the wiki in question was hosted on webservers outside the control of Linden Lab, so they are really only tangentially involved due to employee violations of their terms of service in disclosing user chat logs to JLU members.
You know quite well it isn't as simple as that. The JLU have illegally copied private chatlogs between nonmembers, given to them by corrupt Linden Lab employees (in violation of LL's Terms of Service), which the JLU are now claiming is "Their" property...
Furthermore, the wiki contains a number of false, defamatory and libelous statements about competitors in the grid security business (such as myself), which were used as a basis for a rumor campaign outside the group to damage those persons business reputations. You can't copyright that stuff either...