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Lawsuits come to Second Life

Real life Entrepreneurs (opens in new tab) are suing a man on Second Life for selling their products in the virtual 3D environment.

The glitch though is that the products are not real. The lawsuit was filed against 36-year-old Flushing resident Thomas Simon, who has an avatar named Rase Kenzo on Second Life and believed that he could not be sued.

Simon has been accused of copying non-existing products and selling it on Second life.

These include shoes, clothes, beds and even sex items. Many consider Virtual Life as a game rather than a commercial environment.

The group of entrepreneurs seek damages equivalent to three times the profits they lost to this virtual piracy.

Second Life has more than 10 million registered users although a significant portion of those are inactive and some users have several accounts.

It is estimated that nearly (opens in new tab)USD 400 m worth of Virtual Life money (Linden Dollar) exchange hand every year.

Alexander Wolfe, of Informationweek Wolfe's Den, delved deeper into this lawsuit (opens in new tab) and reveals a few tasty bits.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.