- Thom calls up Blizzard, Linden Lab, etc...
- Thom says "Hey, I invented virtual worlds! Pay me money since you're making money off the concept."
- Blizzard and Linden Lab laugh and hang up, assuming it's a prank call.
- Thom goes to court.
How did Worlds.com wind up with the patent to the idea of a scalable virtual world with thousands of users? Kidrin has said that they invented the virtual worlds with a product for sick kids called Starbright World back in 1997. (Though apparently the concept was thought up back in 1995.)
However, let's take a look at the definition of Cyberspace. It was first used in William Gibson's 1982 story "Burning Chrome" and again used in a few of his books, with "Neuromancer" being the most popular. Gibson's definition for Cyberspace reads: