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Instead of cease and desist permission granted

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This is simply wonderful. From Linden Lab:

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.

Moreover, Linden Lab objects to any implication that it would employ
lawyers incapable of distinguishing such obvious parody. Indeed, any
competent attorney is well aware that the outcome of sending a
cease-and-desist letter regarding a parody is only to draw more
attention to such parody, and to invite public scorn and ridicule of
the humor-impaired legal counsel. Linden Lab is well-known for having
strict hiring standards, including a requirement for having a sense of
humor, from which our lawyers receive no exception.

JP has the whole thing.

Update:

Compare to this:

Skype lawyer Seema Sharma emailed blogger Jan Geirnaert Friday afternoon. She told him his popular skype-watch.com and skype-gadgets.com blogs put him in legal jeopardy.

Skype didn’t talk to Geirnaert like a human being, picking up the
phone (or Skype) and talking with him, appreciating his business and
marketing value in the blogosphere and and his past and ongoing
contributions to Skype’s ecosystem.

Instead, they brought in heavy guns. In a few short emails, Skype’s blown goodwill and a hard-won media asset.

Absolutely.

via Scoble.

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One Response to “Instead of cease and desist permission granted”


  1. jan geirnaert | tropicaljantie
    on Nov 4th, 2007
    @ 14:08 pm

    probably right yes. let’s see how much of the domain policy will change (now Niklas Zennstrom has left) on allowing bloggers to use http://www.skypethisandthat.com domain names. How friendly will eBay be…

    regards. jan geirnaert – http://www.skype-gadgets.comhttp://www.skype-watch.comhttp://www.skypegadgets.cn interesting post you got here.

    maybe I should write more parody :)

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