Tag Archives: Second Life

UPDATE: Virtual Horse Case, Amaretto Ranch v. Ozimals

When Judge Frank Easterbrook disparaged the emerging field of cyberspace law in 1996 by comparing it to the “law of the horse,” i.e. that there was no such thing, it’s unlikely that he ever imagined that there would one day … Continue reading

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Is your online game gold real?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that my law review article about virtual items was published in the William Mitchell Law Review this month.  I’m very excited about it, and apparently, I’m not the only … Continue reading

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Feeding Virtual Horses Sparks an IP Battle in Second Life

I’m not sure how I missed this story when it first emerged last winter.  A company that designs and sells virtual animals in Second Life is suing a competing animal maker over the IP behind the way the companies make … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Tools Available to Counter zF Redzone Alt Detection Tool

A few months ago, I wrote about a highly controversial program that was showing up in Sims all over Second Life called zF RedZone.  This piece of software was allegedly designed to help sim owners detect alts (secondary characters) for … Continue reading

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RedZone, Second Life IP Address Detection Tool, Runs Afoul of New SL Policy, EU Data Privacy Law

In an odd turn of events that is all too common online these days, an ingenious system created for Second Life land holders to reduce incidents of harassment and abuse by malicious griefers has itself turned out to be a … Continue reading

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Second Life Litigation Update: Court Denies Plaintiffs’ Request to Shift Forum to Pennsylvania

About two weeks ago, after more than eight months of exchanging motions and responses, hearings and arguments, both sides in the Second Life land dispute case were dealt a substantial victory and crippling blow in a ruling by the U.S. … Continue reading

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Labor and Employment Issues in Online Environments Increasing

It’s no secret that what happens online doesn’t stay online, especially when it comes to workplace and employment issues.  I’ve noticed a couple stories in recent bar journals where people have expressed surprise when real world laws follow people online, … Continue reading

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