Linden Lab was recently the subject of a complaint brought to the French court by Familles de France who complained, among other things, about adult content in Second Life. Today the court dismissed the complaint.
Continue further for the statement we released to the French press.
Paris, July 2nd, 2007
Today the Paris court (Tribunal de Grande Instance) dismissed the complaint filed by the French association Familles de France against Linden Lab, holding that the evidence brought by the association was unduly biased and should be thrown out.
Linden Lab is pleased with the result, which confirms that evidence in Internet cases must be gathered in an objective fashion. The case also confirms that French law, and in particular the law of Confidence in the Digital Economy, should be applied to Second Life.
Second Life is a digital space similar to the Internet itself in which users generate content and communicate with each other.
Linden Lab remains committed to making state of the art tools available to its users, in particular to permit reliable age verification where appropriate. Linden Lab will be rolling out in the near future an age verification tool that will supplement the measures already in place to help ensure that minors do not have access to certain kinds of adult content within Second Life. Linden Lab has been working on this initiative since November 2006, and announced it publicly on May 4, 2007, well before the complaint filed by Familles de France.
As responsible hosting provider, Linden Lab will follow closely the work of France’s Forum on Internet Rights. It is Linden Lab’s intention to maintain a dialog with governmental and non-governmental entities in charge of protecting the interests of children, so that laws to protect children in the real world can also be applied in the virtual world.