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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

WHEN DOES INNOVATION BECOME COMPETITION?

Philip Linden's recent announcement of plans for a future version of Second Life that would expedite the buying and selling of Linden Dollars between Residents has provoked not a little controversy-- some Forum reaction here-- partly because this implementation would potentially compete with Resident-run businesses like Gaming Open Market. Beyond that specific policy looms a larger question-- should Linden Lab add features to Second Life that might undermine Resident-created innovations? Philip addresses that issue in his blog in an entry aptly titled "Jumping the Shark"-- apt, since in the opinion of some, this is precisely what the new policy represents.

SL blogger Brace Coral has already posted a, well, bracing retort to Philip's line of thinking here.

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Comments

Kudos to you for linking to Brace's rebuttal. (Y'ever feel like you're trying to remain neutral in the midst of increasingly God-Emperor of Dune-like machinations?) (Like perhaps it'd be better to not even answer that question?)

Posted by: Memory Harker at Aug 30, 2005 1:27:48 PM