There’s No 5th Amendment In Second Life

Originally posted August 31, 2010

In the real world (at least in the US), the 5th Amendment to the Constitution states, “No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” A host of jurisprudence has determined what the government is, and is not, allowed to do affecting property owned by private citizens. With an announcement from Linden Labs that the Teen Grid in Second Life will be shutting down on Dec. 31, a number of users are discovering that there’s no such protection in a privately owned virtual world.

Available at http://www.socialgameslaw.com/2010/08/theres-no-5th-amendment-in-second-life.html

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About John Nicholson

I'm a transactional attorney who focuses on structuring and negotiating large outsourcing transactions (both on and offshore). As part of my work, I've specialized in: - Structuring and negotiating large outsourcing transactions (both on and offshore) including IT outsourcing and various BPOs (including HRO, Facilities Management, Procurement, Finance and Accounting), large systems development and implementations; - Assisting with development of RFPs, proposal evaluation, down select, and negotiation; - US and European privacy laws, including US Safe Harbor, and state privacy and data breach notification laws; and - Privacy, security, legal and contractual issues associated with cloud computing. I'm a frequent speaker on outsourcing, privacy and security issues. Before becoming a lawyer, I was the acting IT director for a mid-size company prior to hiring the CIO and project manager for the company's Oracle Financials implementation.
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