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Showing posts with label Law. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Law. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

INTERNET LAWS: What is the UK Instragram Act? Can Laws like this Affect Other Social Media Images?- Orchids Zenovka Reporting…

Pandora’s Box   of sorts was opened by the United Kingdom in the form of the “Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act” receiving Royal Assent for consideration as a law. Andrew Orlowski, Executive Editor of the “Register”, a British technology news and opinion website, dubbed it as the “Instagram Act“, and entitled it with the phrase, “all your pics belong to everyone now”. 

The clause raising hackles is the “Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing Clause 77”, which basically allows granting of licenses for orphaned works allowing any act  with them that would otherwise be restricted by copyright and require the consent of the missing owner. The jury is out on the definition of orphaned work which the act describes as – content who’s “owner of copyright in it has not been found after a diligent search made in accordance with the regulations.”  The publisher can obtain a non–exclusive license in respect of a work if after a "diligent search" they can demonstrate to an independent body that the owner cannot be traced. A fee would then be payable which would be used to reimburse the owner if they later made a claim. But as they say, the devil is in the details. Let’s review the article of the now famous “Instagram Act” and its implications on social media including second life and a rethink whether this is a Shakespearean “Much Ado About Nothing” or is there true merit to the vociferous opposition.

A look at the Act

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Justitia Virtual Legal Resource Village-Legal Assistance for the Virtual Worlds- Nomad Aries Reporting…

Did you ever have questions of a legal concern or feel the need for legal advice on Second Life?   Were you aware that there is legal help available to residents of Second Life?

Most of us never consider seeking a lawyer.  We conduct business and acquire possessions and land, create products, sell them, produce works of art, literature and music, and most of us never run into any conflict. What if you do? Where can you turn for advice and resolution?

Monday, May 14, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: " SL Bar Association Celebrates its First Annual Law Day Event"- May 19th-June 3rd

  On May 19, 2012, the SL Bar Association will kick-off its first annual Law Day event in SL. To highlight the special reach of Second Life around the world, the Justitia Legal Resource Village will celibrate this year's theme No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom with a panel presentation and exhibition drawing attention to the role of courts as protectors of human rights and freedoms around the world. Events will take place May 19-June 3.

"Law Day is a new and exciting prospect for the SL Bar Association and we look forward to reaching across barriers of all kinds to promote the rule of law around the world." noted Sam Courtois, President of the SL Bar Association. Law Day is an annual event, which was originally conceived in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our commitment to the rule of law. The following year, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the first Law Day. Law Day was made official in 1961 when the United States Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day.

As Second Life is a virtual world with a unique ability to break traditional real world barriers, the SL Law Day event has been modified in format in order to reach out to a larger audience.

For a schedule of events, you can visit the Legal Resource Village at or see our Events page listing.

CONTACT: Lyra Snowpaw or Agenda Faromet (inworld)