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Virtual Crime

Greg Lastowka

Rutgers School of Law

Dan Hunter

Swinburne Law School; New York Law School

New York Law School Law Review, Forthcoming

Markets for virtual property in massively multiplayer online games have recently emerged. This essay explores the question of whether such markets for virtual world properties might someday provide a basis for real criminal prosecutions. The authors conclude that this is unlikely. This is not due to the intangibility of virtual assets, but instead due to the contractual arrangements which modify the legal rights of players, as well as the encoded and textual game rules which govern player-to-player interactions in virtual worlds.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: Property, rules, virtual worlds, games, cyberspace, cybercrime

JEL Classification: K49, K12

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Date posted: July 19, 2004  

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Lastowka, Greg and Hunter, Dan, Virtual Crime. New York Law School Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=564801

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Greg Lastowka (Contact Author)
Rutgers School of Law ( email )
United States
HOME PAGE: http://lastowka.rutgers.edu
Dan Hunter
Swinburne Law School ( email )
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New York Law School ( email )
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New York, NY 10013
United States
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