Virtual Law Expert Ben Duranske on SL Content Theft
Chestnut Rau has a good summary of a recent in-world presentation on legal issues and SL content theft by virtual world law expert Benjamin Duranske (Benjamin Noble in SL), author of Virtual Law: Navigating the Legal Landscape of Virtual Worlds. Among the highlights Chestnut reports: "He remarked that the class action suit recently brought against Linden Lab regarding content theft was very well done", and "suggests content creators make sure they register their copyright with the government because in the US doing so increases the ability to sue for damages and recover legal costs". Emphasis mine, because I strongly second his second point. Shockingly, in a recent survey, 85% of SL content creators polled say they have not registered their works. So I'll put it even more bluntly than Benjamin:
If a Second Life content creator wants to show they're actually serious about protecting their SL content, they should register it with the US government.