Yesterday I launched this one-page Second Life satire site. Today I awoke from my nap to a letter (via the comments on the announcement) from Linden Labs, the creators of Second Life. ‘Ah, well’, I thought, ‘here come the lawyers’.
But no. To their enormous credit, they sent me what I can only describe as a ‘proceed and permitted’ (instead of ‘cease and desist’) letter. Here’s an excerpt:
We do not believe that reasonable people would argue as to whether the website located at http://www.getafirstlife.com/ constitutes parody Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it clearly is. Linden Lab is well known among its customers and in the general business community as a company with enlightened and well-informed views regarding intellectual property rights, including the fair use doctrine, open source licensing, and other principles that support creativity and self-expression. We know parody when we see it.
I should also take a moment to recognize Laughing Squid for keeping the site up. It helps that it’s the weekend, but it’s been Dugg, Boing Boinged and TechCrunched in the past 24 hours and, as far as I know, has remained up the whole time. My old server would have skittered off into the corner at ‘Du’.