Discussion paper on virtual property rights

Virtually Blind has an interesting article featuring a discussion paper on virtual property rights.

The paper is written by a Columbia Law School graduatem, Daniel Gould and you can read it here. It covers the challenges in defining virtual property and the part that stood out for me was:

bits in memory do not, by themselves, possess the qualities of real
world property mentioned above. Rather, it is the bits in the context of the MMOG
application interpreting them that simulates the features of physical property.

If you like the intellectual stimulation of bits, in our out of context, give this paper a read.

Second Life property gets mainstream attention

Last Saturday, The Age ran a story on real estate in Second Life. I received a call from the journalist who wrote the article, Adam Turner, a few weeks back and it’s obvious he did some research. Aussie residents Juko Tempel and Earnest Candour are interviewed to name but two.


The striking thing for me is the fact that a mainstream newspaper’s real estate section is running stories on property in virtual worlds. It’s also a story that isn’t looking at the issue from just a novelty viewpoint. In small steps, virtual worlds are gaining mainstream credibility.

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