I gave a presentation last year to Social Gaming 2012 about virtual goods practice and law – somehow I didn’t put it up on Gamer/Law. Here we go:
In his second guest post, my friend and colleague Jonny Mayner gives his thoughts on the state of virtual goods and the law. Jonny is a trainee solicitor at Osborne Clarke.
This is a long(ish) post about some moves that Blizzard and Valve have recently announced regarding Diablo 3 and Steam respectively, and what they mean for the future of virtual goods in games. Here’s the short version for lazy sods:
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?
I’ve thought for some time that it would be interesting to write a post about the legal implications if someone was deliberately to delete someone else’s avatar, or for that matter to steal it. As it turns out, over at Terranova they’ve been having a similar discussion. This from Richard Bartle: “So, this is a… Continue reading What happens if I delete your avatar?
Just a quick post – Cnet reports that a group of Second Life resident have commenced a class action lawsuit against Linden Labs and its former chief executive, in which they complain that they and other residents were forced to agree to terms of service that eroded their ownership rights to virtual property and goods… Continue reading Class action lawsuit targets ownership of virtual goods
I wrote just now about the report that Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) is working on a draft decision regarding online games in Vietnam. You can read my views on that here. I wanted to write a separate post about the most interesting aspect of that draft decision: its implications for the timebomb issue of virtual goods… Continue reading Opinion: Vietnam and the legal battle over virtual goods
Vietnam.net reports that the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) is working on a draft decision on managing online games in Vietnam. This has interesting implications for the regulation and sale of games in Vietnam, one of the big games markets in the Far East. Managing online games: Says Vietnam.net: “According to the draft decision, the… Continue reading Vietnam takes steps to control online games
The Guardian reports “a mother has warned of the risk of children spending hundreds of pounds on ‘free’ online games available through Facebook after her 12-year-old son ran up bills of more than £900 without her knowledge“. This raises interesting issues about the extent to which she could recover her losses: in a nutshell, only if… Continue reading FarmViller player runs up £900 debt, could be sued by mother?