November 14, 2003
Strangers

So I'm here at State of Play and the room is wifi, so everyone's surfing and getting mail, but there's something very interesting happening. Second Life made a very important IP announcement this morning, and what's amazing to me is that it got blogged as it was happening. There are maybe 150 people in the room here with me, and I don't know which two of them posted this and this, but it's a new phenomenon to me, to sit here alone and know what the strangers around me are thinking.

Posted by kevin slavin at November 14, 2003 12:05 PM
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Kevin buried one of the ledes:

"Philip Rosedale, the main guy at Linden Labs, just announced that Second Life today has changed its Terms of Use to allow users to retain real world property rights in the virtual world products they produce. This is really really encouraging and really really important. "

which leads to a long thread, maybe, about the ever-finer line between real and intellectual and virtual property. credit me with the assist.

Posted by: dbrown on November 14, 2003 12:42 PM

Man, I'm sitting here with a whole room full of lawyers and game designers talking about nothing but that...

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on November 14, 2003 01:02 PM

Update, wherein the table next to me makes a squeaky sound. It's an unspecified someone from Second Life, who has noticed that their site has broken down. It took about 45 minutes, from announcement here, to Terra Nova, to Slashdot, to the site going down, to the observation of same by the very person who made the announcement.

It's totally unremarkable, except for that it's quite remarkable.

Posted by: kevin slavin on November 14, 2003 02:06 PM
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