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Virtual Estate Law:

Wired News reports on a lawsuit over virtual land. For those excited about the prospects of developing all sorts of new weird legal rules to govern virtual words, note that this seems to be a pretty simple breach of contract theory, based on the alleged breach of a real-world contract.

Thanks to my friend Haym Hirsh, a computer science professor at Rutgers, for the pointer.

agog:
Your co-blogger Orink Kerr also posted about this on his other blog.
5.19.2006 3:37pm
James Grimmelmann (mail) (www):
The case is unlikely to generate any exciting precedents. The court in which it was filed, a Pennsylvania Magisterial District Court, has a civil jurisdictional limit of $8,000.
5.19.2006 3:45pm
JB:
So the guy's cheating, is caught, and demands payment? Cry me a virtual river and sell it at auction.
5.19.2006 7:25pm
Mahlon:
Once again, I am struck by how sheltered my life has become. Or is this just @*#%ing stupid? Isn't this simply a case of an online gamer getting barred from the game. I can see the makings of a contract claim, but fail to see why anyone has wasted valuable bits discussing it. No offense, EV.
5.19.2006 10:15pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Well, Mahlon, you were moved to spend valuable bits on discussing the discussion, no? Let's just say that each of us is entitled to use our bits as our fancy suits us.
5.20.2006 12:16am
Mahlon:
Touche. I just had to open my mouth.
5.20.2006 1:28am
wood turtle (mail):
Maybe there is a virtual court with some virtual crooked lawyers who can deal with that sort of thing.
5.20.2006 3:07pm