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Who Has ‘Metaphysical Jurisdiction’ In Second Life?

Who Has ‘Metaphysical Jurisdiction’ In Second Life?

By WebProNews Staff October 26, 2007 | 1 Comment

 Before the end of this sentence you will have to make a choice between the blue pill and the red pill, for as soon as we step over the period we will enter an alternate reality and it will not be easy. Lawyers are looking into virtual worlds like Second Life, studying whether the environment is suitable for regulation and asking who has "metaphysical jurisdiction."

Lawyer Sues Lawyer For Online Rating System
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Filing lawsuits is as routine for lawyers as grabbing a Starbucks on the way to the office. And they’re kind of (to stereotype an entire profession) sensitive about things. So who could have predicted that a consumer website dedicated to rating lawyers would get sued?

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