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The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Retrial for MN woman in music piracy case (twincities.com)

girlintraining writes: Several months ago RIAA won a major victory against a Minnesota woman accused of pirating 24 songs. A jury awarded the recording industry $220,000 at the time. A federal judge threw out the jury award. The appeal by RIAA has failed, which sets the stage for a re-trial.
Role Playing (Games)

Second Life Faces Open Source Challenges 198

ruphus13 writes "Linden Labs has talked about Open Sourcing aspects of their platform for a while, but have not always followed through. Now, the OpenSimulator project has been gathering some solid momentum, and this was followed by an announcement by IBM that showed interoperability between OpenSimulator and Linden Servers. What this means is that you can use a Second Life client to log on to an OpenSim server. Beyond that, anyone can run their own server. 'Working with the protocols derived from the official Second Life client, and a knowledge of how Second Life works, these people have implemented their own compatible server code.' It is only a matter of time before users will be able to move profiles, virtual goods, and other elements of their 'second life' on to any server in a truly open world, thereby threatening Linden Labs' virtual world experience. With Google and Sun at the fringes of this space, things are going to get very interesting, virtually speaking."

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