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User-Generated Content & Virtual Worlds

Greg Lastowka

Rutgers School of Law

Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, Forthcoming

Many legal commentators have claimed that virtual worlds owe their popularity to their focus on user-generated content and user creativity. While this is true in part and authorial freedom may draw consumers to virtual worlds, user-generated content can also pose risks to virtual world businesses from both an aesthetic and legal perspective.

A significant tension exists between permitting participants to create content freely and building a successful virtual environment. In some instances, user-generated content can overwhelm virtual worlds. The future of user-generated content in virtual worlds is not clear, given the significant practical and legal problems that accompany user-generated content.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: virtual world, user-generated content, digital culture

JEL Classification: K10, K11, K19

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Date posted: February 18, 2008 ; Last revised: April 9, 2014

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Lastowka, Greg, User-Generated Content & Virtual Worlds. Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1094048

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Greg Lastowka (Contact Author)
Rutgers School of Law ( email )
217 N. 5th Street
Camden, NJ 08102-1203
United States
HOME PAGE: http://lastowka.rutgers.edu
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