Bootleg Celebrity Copying
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Making bootleg copies or character simulations of famous people.

These copies can take several forms;
  • Illegal clones - stolen genetic material is used to make a cloned body or infant with the same DNA as the celebrity in question.
  • Cloned meat products - some celebrities allow their DNA to be used to grow meat for modospohont consumption; however there is a thriving trade in meat grown from stolen DNA.
  • Illegal character simulations - the personality of a celebrity can be copied using a variety of observational methods, or copied illegally from licensed character simulations, to create illicit virtual simms or characterbots. These can then be sold on the black market.
  • Illegal copied of the full uploaded personality of a celebrity can be made, where available. This copy can be made from the data obtained during a backup procedure, in a so-called back-up hijack. Sometimes these hijacked copies can be sold as virtual slaves for sale to the highest bidder.
 
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev, amended by Steve Bowers

Initially published on 31 October 2001.