Category Archives: Virtual Worlds

Virtual worlds are the massive, multi-user online spaces where people can play, socialize and live a whole new life.

Fake Gun Used to Steal Man’s Virtual Currency

Two men recently met in the Fordham University library for a simple currency exchange: $3,300 for 4.7 billion RuneScape coins.  When the deal looked shady, the seller of the coins wanted to back out.  That’s when the alleged buyer pulled … Continue reading

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Move Over Sudoku; Studies Show Virtual Worlds Can Be Good for Your Brain

A recent story on Forbes.com reported on a new study about the effects of playing massively-multiplayer online games on one’s cognitive abilities. Conducted on a small sample group of 39 adults between the ages of 60 and 77, the study … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Virtual Horse Case, Amaretto Ranch v. Ozimals

When Judge Frank Easterbrook disparaged the emerging field of cyberspace law in 1996 by comparing it to the “law of the horse,” i.e. that there was no such thing, it’s unlikely that he ever imagined that there would one day … Continue reading

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Happy 7th Anniversary to World of Warcraft!

Congratulations are in order.  Starting today, Blizzard is marking the seventh year since the renowned virtual world, World of Warcraft, began consuming all the free time of millions of people across the globe.  It’s quite an achievement for any service, … Continue reading

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Is your online game gold real?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that my law review article about virtual items was published in the William Mitchell Law Review this month.  I’m very excited about it, and apparently, I’m not the only … Continue reading

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Getting the Goods on Virtual Items

Hey everyone, thanks for being a loyal reader of this blog.  I thought I’d share the good news that my law review article is going to be published in the William Mitchell Law Review this fall. If you’d like to read … Continue reading

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Ugh, Canada! Our Northern Neighbor Is Aiming to Make Internet Privacy a Lot Less Private

Ars Technica reported on a developing story out of Canada this week that should worry many Internet privacy advocates.  The country’s conservative party, which took over control of their parliament this spring, seeks to broadly expand the government’s power.  The … Continue reading

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