Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Kölner Dom case

Kölner Dom in Second Life was made by two people and one of them claimed copyright in jointly designed textures ...

According to Video Game Law Blog...

The applicant claimed copyright in certain textures of the virtual "Kölner Dom", which was partly designed by her, and partly designed by the defendant. While the textures were designed to make the virtual building look like the real one, and photos were taken to achieve this aim, the applicant claimed that her work was protected under copyright law, as she had to adapt colors, brightness, and perspective.

and what is more interesting...

After a rather long elaboration of the various types of "work" which can be protected under copyright law, the court found that the textures were not suffiently original for copyright protection

Sounds little strange too me... but I'm not German lawyer and don't know all the details of this case.

More on Video Game Law Blog and

IRL it looks like this...

ISL... (sorry... I couldn't found something better)

Some pictures of "Virtueller Kölner Dom" are also available here
But my advice is to check it in-world by yourself ;)


One hour audio from Virtual Law Conference

Steve Mortinger, IBM's lawyer gave interesting lecture titled: "The Top Ten Things a Brand Should Know about Virtual Worlds"

Here you can download the record from the Conference.


Monday, April 28, 2008

Alternative Dispute Resolution

This is quite nice ADR summary. Made by one of the most experienced SL resident, Gwyneth Llewelyn. There are two more slides available here.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

Economy in the Metaverse

John Zdanowski, also known as Zee Linden is CFO of Linden Lab.


Friday, April 18, 2008

Two Transcripts of Intellectual Property Discusions

Both presentations with great participation of Juris Amat. She is an Intellectual Property Atorney in Real Life and Virtual Intellectual Property Organization (VIPO) founder in Second Life.

Second Arts: Intellectual property rights and content creation

SL'ang Life: Content Theft Conference

P.S. I would like to thank my friends from Slang Life. Better late than never ;)


Friday, April 11, 2008

Virtual Worlds Symposium Videos

From Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal :

We are pleased to announce that all video from the 2008 Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal Symposium is now available for download.

The 2008 Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal Symposium took place at the heart of Silicon Valley, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. The 2008 Symposium tackled some of the most dynamic legal issues facing practitioners, academics, and jurists alike: Virtual Worlds, Web 2.0, and the GPL 3.0. As we finish editing video to incorporate better quality audio, it will be posted here.

Panel show list:

Rachel Goda download or stream

Greg Lastowka download or stream

M. Scott Boone download or stream

David Post download or stream

Question and Answer Session download or stream

Not enough? Visit Elizabeth Townsend Gard webside (made by students but informative)


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Congressional Hearing on Virtual Worlds

Online Virtual Worlds: Applications and Avatars in a User-Generated Medium

Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet
Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 9:30 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building

Some resources:

The House of Committee on Energy and Commerce webside

witness list


video: webcast or download

the most comprehensive summary

the best commentary



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