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Thursday, January 24, 2008

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Carl Metropolitan

The trouble with the use of SL for rapid trademarking is that trademark law break down all possible goods or services into a 42 different International Classes (IC). Almost all Second Life goods will fall into IC 009 "Electrical and Scientific Apparatus", the class that includes most software. Services are more complicated, as it is possible to offer many RL services via Second Life, so a number of the Services IC codes (035 to 045) might be possible.

Thus it would do no good for a RL company who's goods did not fall into IC 009 to use Second Life to show use in commerce. However, SL does offer a very cost effective way to demonstrate use in commerce for many services--but then so does a regular website...

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