A multidiscipline approach to governing virtual property theft in virtual worlds

Patterson, Nicholas Charles and Hobbs, Michael 2010, A multidiscipline approach to governing virtual property theft in virtual worlds, in What kind of information society? : governance, virtuality, surveillance, sustainability, resilience : 9th IFIP TC 9 international conference, HCC9 2010 and 1st IFIP TC 11 international conference, CIP 2010, held as part of WCC 2010, Brisbane, Australia, September 20-23, 2010 : proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp.161-171.

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Title A multidiscipline approach to governing virtual property theft in virtual worlds
Author(s) Patterson, Nicholas Charles
Hobbs, Michael
Title of book What kind of information society? : governance, virtuality, surveillance, sustainability, resilience : 9th IFIP TC 9 international conference, HCC9 2010 and 1st IFIP TC 11 international conference, CIP 2010, held as part of WCC 2010, Brisbane, Australia, September 20-23, 2010 : proceedings
Editor(s) Berleur, Jacques
Hercheui, Magda David
Hilty, Lorenz M.
Publication date 2010
Series IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; v.328
Chapter number 15
Total chapters 36
Start page 161
End page 171
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Keyword(s) virtual property
intellectual property
massively multiplayer online games
virtual worlds
virtual property theft
real money trading
Summary The crime of virtual property theft has become a serious problem in virtual worlds in recent years. Players of these games are repeatedly falling victim to this crime, with little or no repercussion for the offender. Virtual property often has a substantial real world monetary value and the theft of such items impacts greatly on victims. The problem of virtual property theft is complex, involving many legal, regulatory and technological factors. As such, trying to address this problem in a single dimension is not sufficient, each factor need to be addressed with a multidisciplinary approach. In addressing this problem, this paper provides a model for describing the issue of virtual property trading and the issues associated with virtual property theft. The paper also proposes an approach for handling virtual property theft based on improvements to laws related to virtual property and theft, improvements to the virtual world software components and better regulation from governments.
ISBN 9783642154782
3642154786
ISSN 1868-4238
Language eng
Field of Research 180115 Intellectual Property Law
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033812

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