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Second Life Sketches

Seeing these all over Second Life today:

Copybot is a program designed to clone other people’s SL possessions. When someone sells an item in SL, they naturally have the option to limit what the purchaser does with it. People creating unique designs as a business enterprise don’t always want you to be able to issue infinite copies for free, after all.

The night before last, I was looking around a no-fire combat sandbox, where people design and test weapons and vehicles, when an argument broke out; a thing going by the name Nimrod Yaffle was cloning things out of other people’s inventories, and claiming he could freely do it because he’d been playing with Copybot with employees of SL creator/operators Linden Lab. All hell broke loose, in the sort of drama you can only find on the internet. Linden Lab’s first official response? If you feel your IP has been compromised by Copybot, we’ll sort of help you lodge a DMCA complaint in the US.

Businesses started shutting down moments later.

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  1. […] I made a mistake calling yesterday’s entry “As the Smoke Clears“.  Apparently this whole Copybot issue is just getting warmed up.  It’s turning up on internet news feeds and blogs all over the place outside of Second Life.  Now that the Lindens have banned its use officially,  for whatever good that will do,  and some of the 100-odd merchants who closed their shops in protest have re-opened their stores we have more exciting news  and some food for thought to go with it. […]

  2. […] As a result, Second Life merchants are understandably up in arms over the software, reportedly closing their stores until the problem is resolved. […]

  3. […] The night before last, I was looking around a no-fire combat sandbox, where people design and test weapons and vehicles, when an argument broke out; a thing going by the name Nimrod Yaffle was cloning things out of other people’s inventories, and claiming he could freely do it because he’d been playing with Copybot with employees of SL creator/operators Linden Lab. All hell broke loose, in the sort of drama you can only find on the internet. Linden Lab’s first official response? If you feel your IP has been compromised by Copybot, we’ll sort of help you lodge a DMCA complaint in the US. Businesses started shutting down moments later. [posted by Warren Ellis on This Is The Warren Ellis Dot Com] […]

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