OPEN FORUM: COPYBOT CONTROVERSY
There's at least two in-world protests over the sale of copybots going on right now, with a diverse mob of avatars waving signs, shouting slogans, some even attempting to impede sales of copybots by blocking the vending machines which sell them with giant prims and other barriers. My story on the controversy should run tomorrow. Meantime, here's an open forum to air your views-- is this a painful-but-necessary demonstration of Second Life's limited ability to protect IP on the architectural level, or a dangerous threat to the community of content creators? Or neither, or both? Discuss in Comments.
Update 2, 4:07pm: Linden Lab just declared that use of Copybot and similar programs are against Second Life's Terms of Service, and that violators are now subject to having their accounts terminated. (With terse words to those who already have done so.)
Update 3, 11/15, 11:57pm: My story on the CopyBot controversy is here.