[sldev] My question about intellectual property and Second Life

Argent Stonecutter secret.argent at gmail.com
Fri Aug 29 05:07:35 PDT 2008

Regardless of anything else, the limited rights created by the SL  
permissions system are *useful*, so whether Linden Labs is legally  
required to enforce them or not is irrelevant... I think it unlikely  
that Linden Labs wants to see them removed. If anything, they have  
expanded them over time (unwisely, in my opinion, in some cases...  
for example they abandoned their original commitment to things like  
the doctrine of first sale)... so it's clear that they see this  
mechanism to be useful. So it's not really useful to frame the  
discussion in terms of what LL is required to do. Instead, ask what  
it is useful for them to do.

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