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The Legal Acceptance of Virtual Property?


Wian Erlank


North-West University; University of Stellenbosch

March 4, 2010


Abstract:     
The article discusses virtual property in general and more specifically, the Dutch Runescape case. An argument is made that this case points to the beginning of legal acceptance of virtual property by Western courts as well as an illustration of the courts willingness to accept that virtual property could be classified as being a protectable object of property law separate from intellectual property.

Paper was presented at the Association for Law Property and Society’s first annual meeting held on March 5-6, 2010 in Washington D.C.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: Virtual Property, Legal Acceptance, Virtual Property Theft, Protection of Virtual Property

JEL Classification: K11, K14, K42

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Date posted: April 17, 2010 ; Last revised: March 26, 2011

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Erlank, Wian, The Legal Acceptance of Virtual Property? (March 4, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1591384 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1591384

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Wian Erlank (Contact Author)
North-West University ( email )
Faculty of Law
Potchefstroom Campus
Potchefstroom, North-West 2531
South Africa
+27 18 299 1932 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.nwu.ac.za/p-fl/staff
University of Stellenbosch ( email )
Faculty of Law
University of Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7602
South Africa
HOME PAGE: http://www.sarcpl.sun.ac.za
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