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dc.contributor.authorKennedy, Rónán
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-28T12:55:52Z
dc.date.available2016-10-28T12:55:52Z
dc.date.issued2008-07-18
dc.identifier.citationKennedy, Rónán. (2008). Virtual rights? Property in online game objects and characters. Information & Communications Technology Law, 17(2), 95-106. doi: 10.1080/13600830802204195en_IE
dc.identifier.issn1360-0834
dc.identifier.issn1469-8404
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/6105
dc.description.abstractThe new industry of Massively Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) brings together two sets of fictions: the interactive stories of shared computer games and the legal devices of intellectual property. In these virtual worlds, scarcity need not exist, but players tend to prefer the competition it creates. This leads to the development of property rights within the game world and players trading real money for virtual objects, ‘land’ and characters. This new phenomenon brings with it familiar legal problems such as theft, fraud and ownership disputes. Game creators also challenge the right of the players to claim ownership outside the game world. The volume and value of the items traded make real money trading an important area of current interest for intellectual property lawyers. Something is being traded, but does it fit neatly into existing conceptions of property rights and who owns it? Analysing the novel problems that result from various theoretical perspectives (utilitarianism, labour-desert theory and personality theory) leads to the conclusion that with time, we will see the development of property rights for players in online games. This connects with a growing understanding that the traditional conception of copyright law dealing with creative work generated by the solitary author is becoming less appropriate in the new creative spaces that information and communications technology brings, where individuals are both consumer and producer. In virtual worlds, new forms of intellectual property, and perhaps even new rights, are taking shape.en_IE
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dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofINFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY LAWen
dc.subjectOnline gamesen_IE
dc.subjectVirtual worldsen_IE
dc.subjectMMORPGsen_IE
dc.subjectPropertyen_IE
dc.subjectLawen_IE
dc.titleVirtual rights? property in online game objects and charactersen_IE
dc.typeArticleen_IE
dc.date.updated2016-10-13T14:47:55Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13600830802204195
dc.local.publishedsourcehttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13600830802204195en_IE
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dc.local.contactRónán Kennedy, Law Faculty, Nui, Galway. 5626 Email: ronan.m.kennedy@nuigalway.ie
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