Metaverse Lawyers is a series of posts about lawyers and the metaverse.
The term “metaverse” has its origins in the 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson as a portmanteau of “meta” and “universe.”
Thus the term is 30 years old.
Metaverse Lawyers and Second Life
Second Life was launched 19 years ago in 2003 and still today has a small, loyal and potentially growing community of “residents“. Lawyers even got on board way back then but they didn’t know to call themselves Metaverse Lawyers then.
Ethan Zuckerman and Daniel Beck made a metaverse 27 years ago.
Facebook did not invent the Metaverse
Keanu Reeves pointed this little fact out in an interview in 2021, to promote The Matrix Resurrections, when he said:-
Can we just not have metaverse be like invented like by Facebook… The concept of metaverse is like way older than that… It’s like way older… So for that moment to get to… I’m just like, come on man.
But for some it appeared that, when Facebook changed its parent company name to Meta in 2021, that this was in fact a brave new world we were suddenly entering for the first time.
Metaverse Lawyers join the Bandwagon
Lawyers started to jump on the bandwagon in 2021 not realising that this had been done already by lawyers when Second Life launched 19 years ago. It was a blockable offence to mention this fact to ‘metaverse lawyers’ on social media.
So far in my series there are three posts:-
- Lawyers don’t need a ‘Second Life’ conference
- 2022: The Year Lawyers get Legless in the Metaverse?
- Not the Metaverse
The next post in the series will be an interview with my teenage nephew about the metaverse. This arises from him telling me that the “metaverse” is a term only old people use. It is clear from my chat with him that the “metaverse” as defined by oldies does not have a future. Lots of great insights from him that I hope to share soon.
In the meantime I’ll leave you with a comment by Agent Smith from The Matrix:-
Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program.
Image Credit: The Matrix (franchise) © Warner Bros. Entertainment