I couldn’t resist blogging quickly about this intriguing story, courtesy of The Guardian: a British MP wrote a formal question to the British government asking them to ensure that in-game theft be treated the same as real world theft. Answer: nope (ish), but it does raise a real question which judges are already addressing… Continue reading Should virtual theft be treated like real world theft? A UK MP says yes.
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 video a woman made in which she deletes her boyfriend’s World of Warcraft characters. It rather upsets him.
So, if he sued her, what would the legal arguments involve?”
It’s well worth having a read of the comments if you are interested in the legal arguments regarding virtual goods. I’ve previously discussed the legal debate over virtual goods ownership and will write another post when I’ve had a chance to digest this interesting Terranova discussion, so watch this space…
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