from the contrarians-just-can't-get-along dept.
pacergh writes "Many legal commentaries on virtual property argue thatit should exist. Others argue whyit can exist. None seem to explicitly spell out what virtual property will look like or how it will affect online worlds. Lost in the technology love-fest are the problems virtual property might bring. The Virtual Property Problem lays out a model for what virtual property might look like and then applies it to various scenarios. This highlights the problems of carving virtual property out of a game developer's rights in his creation. From the abstract: '"Virtual property" is a solution looking for a problem.' The article explains the 'failure of property rights to benefit the users, developers, and virtual resources of virtual worlds.'"
I consider a new device or technology to have been culturally accepted when
it has been used to commit a murder.
-- M. Gallaher