The Fizzy Experiment: Second Life, Virtual Property and a 1L Property Course

47 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2008  

Elizabeth Townsend Gard

Tulane University Law School

Rachel Goda

Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: June 19, 2008

Abstract

This work is an attempt to sort out the relationship between virtual property and common law property. How are we to understand the relationship between a virtual table and an actual table? What does property in this context mean exactly? While many have written about this topic from a myriad of perspectives, we took a slightly different approach. We wanted to see what property elements were being used inside one virtual space - Second Life. We sought to understand the relationship between common law property and virtual property by combining our knowledge as a property professor with a cultural history background with an avid gamer turned law student. We called it the Fizzy Experiment.

Keywords: virtual property, second life, property law

JEL Classification: K11

Suggested Citation

Townsend Gard, Elizabeth and Goda, Rachel, The Fizzy Experiment: Second Life, Virtual Property and a 1L Property Course (June 19, 2008). Tulane Public Law Research Paper No. 08-07; Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, Vol. 24, No. 915, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1148280

Elizabeth Townsend Gard (Contact Author)

Tulane University Law School ( email )

6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States
504 862 8822 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.durationator.com

Rachel Goda

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

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