The first virtual currency crime: hacker jailed after $12m Zynga theft

Last week a hacker faced a substantial prison sentence after pleading guilty to stealing approxmately $12 million worth of Zynga chips, a virtual currency used in its poker game.  This is big stuff (more on that below). I spoke with Develop about this fascinating development – here’s their article: “An IT businessman is facing a… Continue reading The first virtual currency crime: hacker jailed after $12m Zynga theft

Take-Two sues former executives in stock backdating lawsuit

Take-Two, the US-based games publisher, can proceed with a lawsuit against some of its former key executives regarding alleged illegally backdated stock options, following a Manhattan federal judgment yesterday. Reuters reports that former Chief Executives Ryan Brant and Kelly Sumner and former Chief Financial Officers Larry Muller and James David will now have to defend claims… Continue reading Take-Two sues former executives in stock backdating lawsuit

Should Griefing Be Criminalised?

I just read a paper by Leslie Garfield, a Professor of Law at Pace University in the USA, about whether intentional infliction of emotional distress over the internet (e.g. cyber-bullying) should be criminalised.  This has got me thinking – should griefing be criminalised too? Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/gamerlaw or subscribe to our weekly email newsletter… Continue reading Should Griefing Be Criminalised?