2009 in Review: How Microtransactions and User-Created Virtual Markets Reshaped Business

Zynga_0 As we close out a rocky, recession-plagued 2009, many of the real-world companies we thought indestructible last January are no longer with us. But in the virtual world, business is booming.

Pixels and Policy takes a look back at one of the biggest developments of 2009 – how a few small social gaming houses became industry titans by harnessing the power of microtransactions.

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Linden Lab Reforms Intellectual Property Protection Standards

Dmca As the heat from Eros LLC's lawsuit against Linden Lab ratchets up, the Lindens may be laying the groundwork for a possible negotiated settlement by giving Eros one of its main asks.

Will Linden Lab's tougher stand on intellectual property protections and speedier IP infringement reporting solve its legal woes?

Pixels and Policy takes a look at what recent announcements by Linden Lab mean for the future of content creation in Second Life, and why residents will learn to live with slightly restricted creation regulations.

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Virtual World Lawsuits Get Their Day in Court

20071209-court Stroker Serpentine's copyright infringement case against Linden Lab may be the most high-profile virtual worlds lawsuit to date, but Eros LLC isn't the only group feeling especially litigious lately.

The New Scientist just published a thought-provoking article on what it means to see the virtual world in real-life courtrooms. This raises an interesting question: Does bringing the entirety of U.S. law into the virtual world dampen the fantasy experience?

Pixels and Policy did some research on whether your party's Healer might need malpractice insurance.

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