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I Got a Proceed and Permitted Letter From Linden Labs

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 – 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.

Hilarious.

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’.

30 Responses to “I Got a Proceed and Permitted Letter From Linden Labs”

  1. GC

    Lol… thank you for putting in a picture what I think about SL! :)

    “Penguins, spoons and you — what’s life like among the the flightless?” lol…

    and the best…

    “Fornicate using your actual genitals”

    :D

  2. Laughing Squid » Get a First Life

    [...] UPDATE: Check out Linden Labs’ (the creators of Second Life) great comment on Darren’s blog post. Instead of sending him a cease-and-desist letter, which is often common in these situations, they actually granted him license to use the modified version of their logo. tags: parody (T) , Second Life (T) , Linden Labs (T) , Darren Barefoot (T) , satire (T) submit to StumbleUpon Comments RSS feed | Trackback URL [...]

  3. » First Life

    [...] C’est la parodie de Second Life, créée par Darren, vue chez Loïc, qui ne l’a pas postée avec moins d’arrières-pensées que moi, et je l’assume. Parce que ça, c’est un message politique ! [...]

  4. Interesting Press on SL « PacificRim Exchange

    [...] I debated posting a link to this page on the SLED (Second Life Educators) Listserv, then decided not to.  My main reason to not post was because this parody was also promoting a Cafe Press T-Shirt with the First Life logo.  The SLED group is sometimes a little touchy on anything commercial being posted to the listserv.  However, a few days after this site came up, the blogger who created it got a Proceed and Permitted letter from Linden Lab.  It’s nice to see that Linden Lab can appreciate a good parody with a parody of a legal document.  Too funny. [...]

  5. MMODump.com » Second Life Embraces and Extends First Life

    [...] Exhibit B: Linden Legal Responds! We do not believe that reasonable people would argue as to whether the website located at http://www.getafirstlife.com/ constitutes parody – 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. [...]

  6. Pascal Charest » Haaa.. burned

    [...] 1. Je me suis fait "shifter" par Michael Lenczner sur la publication de ce site internet. En réalité, c’est un mockup, mais l’idée reste très intéressante. Une chose que Michael ne parle pas et que je crois important: Liden Labs à envoyé une "Proceed and Permit letter", genre de "Cease and desist", à Daren Barefoot qui la commente ici. Ca, c’est exactement ce que je m’attends de la part d’une vrai compagnie de la "nouvelle économie". Kudos guys… vraiment!. [...]

  7. The Other White Meat: Don’t Believe the Hype | DarrenBarefoot.com

    [...] Speaking of cease and desist letters, SWT has an interesting story about a breast milk advocate getting some unwanted legal attention from the National Pork Board: The Lactivist is a blog about breastfeeding and human milk banking. It’s mostly a gathering place for breastfeeding moms to come and share their thoughts and experiences and to keep up to date on the latest issues in the fight for the rights of a child to eat in public. To help fund the site (and to raise money for the non-profit milk banks) I have a CafePress store that sells t-shirts with funny pro-breastfeeding slogans. Things like “Milk on Tap” and “That’s my baby’s lunch you’re staring at.” [...]

  8. BusinessWeek Comes Calling For a Humble JPG

    [...] It is a pity, considering that I’m the subject of the article and quoted within it, that they couldn’t cut me some slack. After all, it’s not like Capulet.com gets a lot of traffic, or that I was misrepresenting the content as anything other than what it was. It just strikes me as desperately pedantic, and downright unfriendly to their sources and readers. It’s also a little ironic, given Linden Labs’s enlightened response to the satire. [...]

  9. Second Grade Math « Official Linden Blog

    [...] questionable assumptions, or odd comparisons, but we at Linden Lab do our best to take all of it in good humor. We live in a fast-paced world of constant information and change, and we know that even the [...]

  10. QUB

    very sweety Thanks you

    as5 Reply:

    thank you very very much…

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