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The Dubious Autonomy of Virtual Worlds

9 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2012 Last revised: 7 Aug 2012

Mark A. A. Lemley

Stanford Law School

Date Written: July 11, 2012


Current debates over the autonomy of virtual worlds have an eerie similarity to discussions about the independence of cyberspace two decades ago. The history of the Internet offers some important lessons for how the law will affect virtual worlds, and how it should do so.

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Lemley, Mark A. mname, The Dubious Autonomy of Virtual Worlds (July 11, 2012). Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 2021521. Available at SSRN: or

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