Second Life Lawsuit Over Copied Goods Settled

from the just-like-that dept

Just after we discussed yet another bad situation involving bringing real world laws into virtual worlds involving World of Warcraft, it looks like there's an update on another such case we discussed last year. In this case, it was a dispute between two members of Second Life, one of whom had "copied" items made by another and started selling them. This seemed perfectly ridiculous, since being a virtual world where there is no scarcity, nothing was being stolen. Indeed, it looks like the participants in the lawsuit more or less came to the same conclusion. They've "settled" the case, but by settling, it sounds like they really meant giving up the case. No money is exchanging hands and no one is admitting to any guilt. That sounds a lot more like they're just dropping the case.

Filed Under: copyright, lawsuits, second life, virtual worlds


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  1. identicon
    -publius, 27 Mar 2008 @ 12:36pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Virtual worlds exist within at least one real-world jurisdiction. Real-world rules apply to everything in that jurisdiction, even the little virtual parts where little virtual puppets carry out bad acts. The puppetmaster is in a real world jurisdiction. Even the AIs on Second Life have real-world keepers.

    There is not much about virtual worlds that real-world law cannot handle.

    Look, kids, IP is here to stay, like it or not. Downloading music without paying for it deprives the owner of the right to sell it to you. You copy, you infringe. If you don't appreciate that, you are henceforth prohibited from calling yourself a capitalist.

    -publius

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