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The Courts

Submission + - Sex Suit in Second Life Develops (

eldavojohn writes: "Second Life has become a growing source of income for some & has recently been the scene of a lawsuit centered around the sale of sexual acts. This story is a follow up of from last month where the plaintiff was seeking the defendant's real name and now have brought suit against the owner of the avatar "Volkov Catteneo." This is a case of copyright law, the lawyer for the plaintiff said, "It's a piece of software and software is copyrightable. It's also expressed in graphics, which also are copyrightable. There is some sizzle. People like to say it's really far out there, but at the end of the day I equate it to basic intellectual property principles ... In a virtual world, you have the ability to gather evidence you don't have in the real world. Everything that happens in 'Second Life' is reflected on computer servers. Depending on how long they keep the records, you could actually replay the event as it happens.""
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Partial nudity in HALO 2 (PC) forcing recall.

Hushed Casket writes: "It appears that HALO 2 (PC) has it another road bump. Next-gen is reporting that partial nudity has been discovered in the retail version of the game that was originally due out on May 8th.

"It has come to our attention that an unfortunate, obscure content error which includes partial nudity was included in our initial production of "Halo 2" for Windows Vista. As such, we have updated the initial game packaging at retailers with a label, so customers are aware before purchasing the game. Additionally, we've developed an online update which can be downloaded from to remove the content."
The delays for HALO 2 (PC) mean that Shadowrun (also by Microsoft Game Studios) will be the first Games for Windows — Live launch title coming out on May 29th. Shadowrun is the first cross-platform shooter that allows XBOX 360 and Vista gamers to play with each other over Live. Now HALO 2 (PC) is set to ship from manufacturers on May 31st."

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten