Man Sued because of Second-Life Fraud
About half a dozen cyber owners have sued a man from Queens for faking and selling their products' versions through the Internet. In the second last week of October 2007, the suit was filed in Brooklyn federal court against Thomas Simon, a 36 year old man, on Second Life which is an online (virtual) universe consisting of more than ten million members who made identities and digital representations of themselves.
No doubt, it is a virtual world, but all the six traders in the virtual environment of Second Life have filed a 'real world' suit on the grounds that their digital wares have been knocked off.
Further, the owners have merged in the real world and have demanded a payback from their nemesis from Second Life, which has began with nothing and actually spend cash and credit to buy food, shelter and clothing. The vendors have sued Simon and have claimed that he has prohibited and violated trademark and copyright laws by copying their products. Further, the lawsuit demands damages equivalent to 3 times their lost profits, without mentioning any specific amount.
Simon is reported to have infringed Shannon Grei from Oregon who trades in skins and clothing for the characters of Second Life; Teasa Copprue from Michigan, Michael Hester from Virginia and Kevin Alderman, Linda Baca from Indiana, Kasi Lewis from Georgia, a Florida man whose Second Life alter ego is known as Stroker Serpentine.
Interestingly, Simon refused all these news about his wrong doing. Simon says that the plaintiffs discover the proof by clicking photos inside his home of Second Life. Further, he also reports that if he can be sued for what happens in Second Life, then the US seizure laws and search should apply in the online world too, as per the news by NYpost on October 28, 2007.
There have been similar reports of cloning in Second Life in another suit filed this July in Tampa, Florida's federal court. Not only this, the members have also sued the creator of online world, San Francisco-based Linden Lab, for seizing their virtual property.
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