Tina van der Linden, “Stealing Masks and Amulets: What’s Law Got to Do with It?”

Working Abstract

This article discusses the RuneScape decision by the Dutch High Court. First, the procedure up to the decision, and the decision itself are explained. Next, some alternative approaches to the issue of whether or not virtual goods can be stolen, are discussed. The conclusion is that law should interfere if things happening in virtual worlds have effects in real life, and that the law should then take a realistic on what has happened.

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