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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    SL Pays My Bills, 3 May 2008 @ 4:51pm

    Who is the clown that wrote this article?

    I make a living in SL; it's going to be close to six figures this year. I make money because I create functioning art within the virtual world - "avatar accessories" I suppose would be the right term, but basically I'm just a manufacturer. And it's a very very big deal if someone starts to copy my work and there's no legal repercussions. There's no scarcity of raw materials in the virtual world, but once you create a copyrighted piece of art, it's the same as anywhere in the real world, those rights need to be protected so that artists and manufacturers can pay their rent and feed their families. There's no scarcity of steel and silicon in the real world, but try and use that argument against Dell if you were to start cranking out ripoffs of their computers.

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