Introducing Property in Virtual Worlds

5 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2013 Last revised: 2 Apr 2013

Date Written: October 31, 2012


This paper was delivered as the introductory summary of the LLD thesis preceding the oral defence of his doctoral thesis Property in Virtual Worlds on 31 October 2012, in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The paper deals with the concept of property as applied in a virtual world as well as both the dogmatic and doctrinal questions that surround the acceptance of intangible virtual property in a real world property system.

Keywords: Virtual Property, virtual worlds, virtual law, property law, property, cyberlaw, internet law, Second Life, World of Warcraft, games, gaming, virtual crime

JEL Classification: K11, K12, K14, K33, K34, K42

Suggested Citation

Erlank, Wian, Introducing Property in Virtual Worlds (October 31, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Wian Erlank (Contact Author)

North-West University ( email )

Faculty of Law
Potchefstroom Campus
Potchefstroom, North-West 2531
South Africa
+27 18 299 1932 (Phone)


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