Category Archives: Virtual Stuff…

Anything that users acquire in a virtual world, either through in-game reward systems, purchase, barter, creation or chance.

NPR Discusses Inheriting Digital Assets

I’ve been talking about the importance of figuring out the heritability of digital assets for some time now. A recent sign that the issue is starting to hit the mainstream emerged yesterday on All Things Considered as Robert Siegel talked with Jonathan Zittrain, … Continue reading

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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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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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Analysts Pessimistic About Zynga’s Growth Potential Ahead of IPO

Perhaps the most well-known social gaming company is getting ready to launch its initial public offering (IPO) later this week and analysts are already tamping down expectations.     Forbes reports that predictions of the Farmville parent company will “slow to … 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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