Bogus DMCA Claims Fit Right In With Bogus Numbers In Second Life
from the join-the-smaller-than-you-might-think-party dept
A little over a month ago, there was a press release that came out of a couple who ran a “design studio” inside Second Life, claiming that they were the first Second Life millionaires — which was only true if you were really, really bad at understanding both economics and math. Following that announcement, the character took part in an interview in the world where some other people decided to interrupt by sending, well, flying penises into the middle of the interview. If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, it seems that the folks behind the not-really-a-millionaire then went about sending completely bogus DMCA takedown notices to YouTube and some other sites that hosted video or images of the “attack.” We’ve already pointed out why Second Life made a bad decision in trying to bring real world laws into their virtual world, but this is a case where it’s not just a problem of the law being used in the virtual world, but the law being misused. This is, honestly, no different than the case from a few months ago where the EFF sued some guy for using the DMCA to force sites to remove a photo of himself on Fox News. The guy didn’t own the image of his likeness, and this couple doesn’t own images of their virtual likeness in the “public” areas of Second Life. It was a news event in a public place, and they have no control over the matter whatsoever. Instead, as with other cases of trying to illegally remove something, this only calls that much more attention to it. Perhaps, though, now that the number of users in Second Life has been cut down to size, it’s all part of the new marketing strategy.