A major lawsuit against Linden Lab filed by its own users in late 2009 has been settled. That news was recently announced by one of the plaintiffs, virtual adult entertainment impresario Stroker Serpentine, during the taping of Metaverse TV's "Grumpy Old Avatars" show. The lawsuit alleged that the company was allowing and enabling content theft of the plaintiff's material by other Residents. Last week, however, Mr. Serpentine (Kevin Alderman IRL) said the dispute had been resolved out of court:
"We settled the lawsuit with Linden Lab," he told the "Grumpy" hosts, "we settled amicably, and reasonably, and we're anticipating a concerted effort on Linden's behalf going forward towards content protection and the rights of content creators and at least being aware of the fact that there is a lot of content theft going on out there."
That's quite a turn of events: For a year and a half, Mr. Serpentine's lawsuit (filed with fashion designer Munchflower Zaius) was championed and followed by many SL content creators, especially those who felt they'd been cheated by content theft, or complained against what they saw as the company's lax enforcement of creator rights. On the other side, Linden Lab in its defense argued that the plaintiffs' suit was null in part from the doctrine of "unclean hands", where it's argued that the plaintiff is acting unethically or in bad faith. All that, however, is now moot.
You can watch the video after the break - Stroker Serpentine makes his announcement at around 6:50, then proceeds to rant on various topics in a way that only Stroker can. Question for content creators: Now that this lawsuit has been settled, does it change your opinion of how Linden Lab enforces content theft allegations?
Follow-up question: Whatever you think of Stroker Serpentine settling with Linden Lab, what do you think of Stroker settling on a hairstyle other than a mullet?
Thanks to Robustus Hax of Metaverse TV for the tip!