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, 28 Mar 2008 @ 9:28am

    Re: IP: socialist monopoly or capitalist property

    > I'm guessing you're new around here, because we've covered all this in great detail.

    Long time listener, first time caller.

    > The problem, though, is that there's little to no evidence that it actually did increase output.

    Where did all the output come from? Did we go from buggy whips to iPhones in spite of IP laws?

    Look I appreciate your arguments and I am willing, perhaps even hoping, to be convinced that your ideas have merit.

    What does the world look like without copyrights & patents? (I am assuming you're more or less ok with trade secrets and trademarks.) Can you walk me through the IP-free landscape?

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