Virtual Borders: The Interdependence of Real and Virtual Worlds
First Monday, February 2006
15 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2005
The flourishing trade of virtual items for real-life money suggests that virtual worlds will sometimes welcome the intervention of real-life law. At first glance, this possibility seems to undermine the Law and Borders thesis that online spaces should enjoy independence from real-life law. These ideas are compatible, however, because they start from a common premise: that these new communities are developing their own distinctive values. The lesson of the real-money trade is that preserving those values requires recognizing the interdependence of virtual worlds and the real world.
Keywords: Virtual Worlds, Computer Software, Internet
JEL Classification: K10, K33
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