Copyright Suit Over Second Life Terraforming Survives Summary Judgment, Then Settles — FireSabre v. Linden

27 01 2014

What happens when a virtual world designer sues for “unauthorized” use of a virtual “island?” In late September, a New York district court denied summary judgment and cleared the way for a full trial on a virtual world copyright infringement case. [Eric’s note: I’ve held onto this so long that the parties mooted the trial by apparently settling the case in mid-December].

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Case Citation: FireSabre Consulting, LLC v. Linden Research, Inc., No. 11-CV-4719 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 26, 2013)

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Federal Reserve: While bitcoins hold “promise,” we have no regulatory authority

19 11 2013
[ell: although not directly an IP issue, how money works in/from virtual worlds has implications for IP in virtual worlds]
On Monday afternoon, the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hear testimony from various government officials, academics, and Bitcoin proponents to discuss “virtual currencies.” As the committee meets, the current exchange rate of bitcoins to dollars is skyrocketing, breaking $600 per bitcoin. (In February 2013, it was around $30 per bitcoin.)

In their written testimonies released prior to the hearing, various government officials detailed their attitude and policies toward Bitcoin in particular. They noted that while such virtual currencies may be “legitimate,” they pose potential issues for law enforcement. Peter Kadzik, the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, wrote in his letter to the committee that the FBI has “founded and chairs the Virtual Currency Emerging Threats Working Group.”

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Virtual (SuperPoke!) Pet Owners Must Arbitrate Their Claims Against Google and Slide — Abreu v. Slide

29 08 2012

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani]

Abreu v. Slide, Inc., 12 0042 WHA (N.D. Cal.; July 12, 2012)

This is a motion to compel arbitration filed by Google and Slide, the developer of SuperPoke! Pets. As mentioned by Eric in this initial post about the case, SuperPoke! is a game developed by Slide, which was later bought by Google. The game allowed you to care for “virtual pets” and earn coins. You could use these coins to customize the environment for your virtual pets. You could also buy virtual currency which you could use to purchase certain premium items. Users apparently bought a bunch ($6MM worth, according to an earlier filing by Google) of virtual currency before Google ultimately shut the game down. Users sued, alleging that termination of SuperPoke! Pets by Google and Slide violated California consumer protection laws and California common law. Defendants moved to dismiss, or in the alternative to force the consumer-plaintiffs to arbitrate their claims.

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New Essay on 47 USC 230(c)(2)

31 05 2012

By Eric Goldman

I have posted a new essay, Online User Account Termination and 47 U.S.C. §230(c)(2), to SSRN. I wrote this essay as a contribution to a virtual world symposium at UC Irvine, and it will be published in the UC Irvine Law Review.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Withdraws License to Virtual Frank Lloyd Wright Museum in Second Life — Then Sends Cease-and-Desist

13 03 2011

Wagner James Au
December 3, 2010

New world notes

Sad news for architecture lovers in Second Life: The Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum in Second Life, a non-commercial, education-oriented installation which operated under a licensing agreement from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (established by the great builder himself), is disappearing from the metaverse this Sunday. Why? Because according to Rowan Derryth, a Board member of Virtual Museums Inc. (which runs the site), the Foundation let the agreement expire, then sent a cease-and-desist to the group.

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