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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    Mike (profile), 27 Mar 2008 @ 2:45pm

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    I have always hated this comparison, which is tossed around all too casually.

    It's not a "comparison" it's factual. Even Thomas Jefferson, the father of the patent system, called them monopolies.

    Monopolies are about unlawful market power.

    Not at all. There have been legal monopolies throughout history.

    Copyright is about marking and preserving property ownership, indeed the very essence of capitalism.

    Again, this is not true. Content is not "property". Copyright is about creating an artificial scarcity in the form of a gov't granted monopoly. It's not about protecting property at all.

    It's the very opposite of capitalism. Capitalism is about the free market setting the price properly. Copyright is a gov't granted monopoly. They're opposites.

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