Chinese gamer wins suit for return of his virtual property

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Stelliform, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. Stelliform macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2002
    This article at CNN, tells how a Chinese gamer had his on-line virtual property stolen by a hacker. After the game company wouldn't help, he sued and the judge found that he should be returned his property.

    I wonder if this will act as any precedent validating "property" held in an on-line game. (If I missed any U.S. precedents please forgive me.)
  2. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    I wonder if this would open said "property" up to being taxed by the government....
  3. alset macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2002
    East Bay, CA
    Scary thought. Not likely, IMO, but this is the first time I have ever heard of such an idea. I don't figure they could tax it unless you had a monetary exchange to obtain it - say from eBay or a website that specialized in filtering out items.

  4. krimson macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    HAHA, it's funny because my mum always asks me, "have you heard of that those online gmes, where you can store "heaven money" and stuff? yeah, someone is complaining that they got their "heaven money" stolen by hackers."

    she'll ask me every few months, and I always tell her I admin on a "MUD", and then she bombards me with the same questions every time...

    i can show her that article, and maybe she'll stop asking me questions. :D
  5. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I think that the judge made the correct decision, intellectual property should be protected. If it was not protected, we would loose out on a lot of innovation. The law has just not caught up with this new technology, the web.

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