The Dutch Supreme Court will be invited later this year to conclude that the theft of virtual goods from Runescape constitutes theft under Dutch criminal law; indications to date suggest that it may conclude that theft of virtual currency/goods IS criminal theft. To my knowledge, this is only the second time that a Western court has… Continue reading The second virtual goods crime: is Runescape theft, theft?
Jagex, developer of the popular browser MMO, has suffered setbacks in its ongoing lawsuit against Impulse Software, the maker of a bot for Runescape called the “iBot”. This follows attempts in 2009 by Runescape to take legal action against a gang of UK phishers. First, a quick summary Impulse’s bot (like most bots) allows players… Continue reading Setback for Jagex in Runescape lawsuit
The background: Details here. A group of Runescape players mount a phishing scam, obtain other players’ accounts, strip those accounts of gold and loot. Presumably they make an in-game or real-world profit. Then the UK Police (specifically the Central Police e-crimes unit) swoop in. They arrest a caution an individual in Avon and Somerset “on… Continue reading Runescape, the Computer Misuse Act and theft