Quicklinks – Brooklyn Law Review on Virtual Defamation, Dove Lane on Going Mainstream, and Orient Lodge on a Trademark Cease & Desist Letter
October 30th, 2007 by Benjamin Duranske
VB runs “Virtual Law Quicklinks” whenever we have a backlog of interesting items that aren’t big enough for full posts. Here’s today’s batch.
- Brooklyn Law Review just published a student note on defamation in virtual worlds that is worth reading. The author is Bettina Chin. I should have run this a couple of weeks ago, but it slipped through somehow. Hat tip to Greg Lastowka over at VB’s more studious neighbor, Terra Nova, for catching it as part of his regular virtual law update. I don’t agree with every one of Ms. Chin’s conclusions, but her analysis is sound, the article is very readable, and she raises interesting points. One highlight: “[I]n order to bring a justiciable claim of defamation to a real-world court, the Second Life plaintiff must be able to prove that defamation of her avatar is equivalent to defamation of herself.”
- Also worth your clicks are three articles from Dove Lane focused on government, business, and non-profit organizations in virtual worlds. I just added Dove Lane to my morning stumble through the virtual world blogosphere, and have been uniformly impressed with the quality of Kaye Vivian’s stuff so far. These three are part of a series called Virtual Worlds: At the Tipping Point at Last.
- Finally, Orient Lodge — a satisfyingly difficult-to-pigeonhole blog by Aldon Hynes — is running a post on one of the first trademark cease and desist letters I’ve heard of sent from a mainstream business to a virtual world business. Neither the trademark holder or the in-world (Second Life) business is named, but post is interesting nonetheless, and I’ll be watching closely to see how this plays out.
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