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 May 18, 2006 - 12:02 PM - by Michael
* Suing over fake land

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Wired looks at the first virtual-property lawsuit in America, launched when Second Life cut off someone's account.

Bragg v. Linden Research, a civil complaint filed May 1 in West Chester's local district court, charges that Linden Lab "breached an auction contract by allowing the land to auction, accepting online payment, and then suspending plaintiff's account."

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Bragg says Linden Lab created the online auction pages that allowed him to buy land at the abnormally low prices, and that any responsibility for problems with the system rests with the company. But the hacker-like method he used to exploit the auction system may hurt his case. Bragg copied the URL for a legitimate auction, then swapped in the ID number for land not yet up for sale publicly, so there would be no minimum bid and few, if any, competing bidders.

 

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