October 4th, 2007 by Benjamin Duranske
Linden Lab announced today that it reached a confidential settlement with Marc Bragg which allows Bragg to return to Second Life as avatar ‘Marc Woebegone.’ Bragg had brought suit against Linden Lab in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania after Linden Lab revoked his Second Life account claiming that Bragg purchased virtual land at far less than its typical value by accessing parts of the Second Life website that were not generally open to the public. From Linden Lab’s press release:
The parties agree that there were unfortunate disagreements and miscommunications regarding the conduct and behavior by both sides and are pleased to report that Mr. Bragg’s “Marc Woebegone” account, privileges and responsibilities to the Second Life community have been restored.
Although the settlement is not a surprise, many observers, including VB’s editor, hoped that the case would progress further and that the court would issue a substantive ruling regarding the nature of virtual property. Trial was scheduled for mid-December.
Virtually Blind’s coverage of the later stages of the Bragg case can be found here. Second Life commentator ‘Tateru Nino’ covered the early phases of the case at Second Life Insider. Thanks to ‘Nino’ for the heads up on the settlement.
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