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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Are Gaming Accomplishments Property?

--posted by Tony Garcia on 3/30/2005

I laughed when I first read at this headline, but upon further reflection I realized that there are some growing questions that should be answered.

The virtual world is becoming quite the quagmire. Remember the virtual child porn case? The question was if virtual child porn could be outlawed because child porn laws are meant to protect children and virtual child porn presumably does not have a direct harm to children. (Don't attack me, I'm just telling you what the legal question is.)

Now we have virtual weapons that are won in a game. Who owns the "weapon"? It obviously can be sold.

What to do? What to do? The virtual world is becoming increasingly close to needing the same oversight as the real world.

Red pill or blue pill?


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