Get a First Life

Get a First LifeBy now, most of you have at least heard of Second Life, the trendy new virtual-reality world that has its own economy and even its own Reuters bureau. Now I'm not much of a VR guy, so I've never logged on, and my interest in Second Life is limited to seeing how the economy aspect of it evolves. But I found this pretty damned funny.

There is now a Get A First Life parody site, complete with merchandising. It reminds me of the "they expelled me for my theory of actual reality" line from Rent.

Update: The fact that this parody site exists is amusing. But the fact that Dresden Labs, the creators of Second Life, sent the parody site the opposite of a Cease & Desist letter is frikkin' awesome! It takes some serious class to not only publicly acknowledge the fair use of parody, but also take one step further and grant them a proactive limited license for using the modified logo on their merchandise. Kudos!

4 Comments:

  1. I have heard from someone that a blog (boing-boing?) reported that Linden Labs (creators of Second Life), has sent the First Life guys a “proceed and continue letter” as opposed to a “cease and desist” letter. Which, if ture, is a nice sign of a sense of humor on the part of the Second Life guys.

      • Quote from the letter that was really funny

        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.

        In conclusion, your invitation to submit a cease-and-desist letter is hereby rejected.

        • Even better is the next bit, where they point out that the slighly modified version of the logo technically isn’t fair use, and therefore extend a limited license for them to continue using it. That is classy.

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