Responding to Questions about the DMCA Process -- Official Second Life Blog
The comments here are where the real gold is, as the actual blog post by Linden Labs is chock full of lies, half-truths and vagary. What happened is this: someone filed a DMCA complaint against a user in Second Life for stealing and selling some animations. LL responded to the complaint by deleting everything that person had ever made in-world, including many things that were entirely legitimate from the inventories of what is assumed to be hundreds of thousands of accounts.
Imagine is like this: let's say an author that you like has been found to be plagiarizing. Under LL's rules, the author would suffer no penalties, but every copy of every book they'd ever written would be removed from the world. And if you, say, had hand-written love notes in the margins, or built a table out of the books, or were using the books as currency in some weird utopia, well tough shit. The books are gone. Meanwhile the offending author still has all the money they made selling the books in the first place.
Needless to say, people are very pissed.
Linden Lab inadvertently disabled some inworld content this past weekend. The problem should be fixed now, and we apologize for the inconvenience it caused. If you believe your content was inadvertently disabled, please try re-rezzing it. If that doesn’t work, please contact Support at http://secondlife.com/support.
Linden Lab has not changed its DMCA policy. For privacy reasons, we don’t discuss the specifics of DMCA notifications with third parties. However, when we receive a valid DMCA notification, we send affected Residents email notice so they aren’t surprised when we remove content from their inventory and inworld locations. The email notice explains how to submit a DMCA counter-notification to seek restoration of the removed content. Be sure to keep your email address current and make lindenlab.com an exception in your spam filter so you receive notices from Linden Lab.
We’ve received questions about removing infringing items from Residents’ inventory when an inworld location (a region name and coordinates) can’t be provided. Inventory items may be subject to DMCA claims when the items are sufficiently identified. For example, if you can’t provide an inworld location, provide the names of the allegedly infringing items and avatars. Linden Lab will conduct a reasonable search for the identified items.