Tag Archives: virtual worlds

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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Getting the Goods on Virtual Items

Hey everyone, thanks for being a loyal reader of this blog.  I thought I’d share the good news that my law review article is going to be published in the William Mitchell Law Review this fall. If you’d like to read … 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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Supreme Court Rejects Consumers’ Right to Class Action Arbitratio

Alright, I’m back!  I had to stay up late to get this published, but it was worth it, I think.  More to follow soon. Ah, spring, the time when a Supreme Court justice’s thoughts turn to stomping all over consumers’ … 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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Fascinating Dialog About the Future of Virtual Worlds from User’s Perspectives

I came across two blog posts that started a very interesting discussion.  The first post, from Mitch Wagner on Copper Robot, was called “Why I hardly ever go on Second Life anymore,” discussing, well, why he doesn’t go on Second … Continue reading

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Will Federal Law Require Virtual Worlds to Accommodate People with Disabilities?

The question has been raised in courts on several occasions, should Internet companies be required to make their sites accessible to people with disabilities?  I’ve come across a few cases that I was going to discuss in my class in … Continue reading

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