Second Life lawsuit: hands off my virtual d*ck!

Wouldn’t it be cool if, in real life, all you had to do in order to try out new, crazy, adventurous sex would be to buy a script from somebody and run it? Or if you weren’t happy with your genitalia, all you had to do was pay someone a few bucks to create a new one (or ones) for you? It sounds weird, but that’s pretty much the only way you can engage in sexual activity in Second Life. (Er, not that I would know.) And like all things in Second Life, those scripts make somebody a killing in real-life money—including people who rip the scripts off from others and resell them as their own. At least one lawsuit over the unauthorized distribution of scripts has finally been settled, though, and no money changed hands.

The not-nearly-as-sordid-as-you-might-think story goes like this. 19-year-old Robert Leatherwood allegedly stole scripts written by Florida-based Eros, LLC that gave people’s avatars lifelike naughty bits and enabled them to engage in kinky, virtual sex. He then resold them without permission, which sparked a lawsuit from Eros founder Kevin Alderman over copyright violations last July. That was apparently when Leatherwood decided to stop selling the scripts, according to the Associated Press, and was likely part of the reason Eros decided to settle. (link)

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