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Designing Worlds has long been troubled by the issue of the violation of intellectual property rights in virtual worlds – commonly known as content theft. We’ve explored the issue in a number of shows.
Now, there is a new tool on the market which claims to tackle one of the problems that is causing content theft – the use of illegal third party viewers which allow people simply to grab whatever content they want, regardless of permissions set on it.
To combat this, the Client Detection System, it is claimed, can identify residents using these viewers and report them to land owners and estate managers, so that action can be taken against them, if the land owner/manager chooses.
We invited a team of experienced Second Life residents – and a developer of the CDS to join us for a discussion of this tool. Is it really the solution content creators have been looking for? Does it raise troubling issues regarding privacy? Is it a good idea to concentrate so much power in the hands of a few residents, or is this something that Linden Lab should be doing?
Watch our show – and judge for yourself!