Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Law of the Game on Joystiq: Grumpy Thompson Again

In this week's Law of the Game on Joystiq, I address some of the recent commentary from everyone's favorite anti-game attorney.

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Glass said...

Nice read; I just wanted to post these here as well in case you don't peruse the joystiq comments:

I think that you also need to consider the issue of the publisher/administrator (say Blizzard for example) including in the Terms of Use that they are the owners of all characters, items, etc. in the game. As such, a person trying to claim theft would not even satisfy the element of theft requiring the thing taken from them be their "personal property." It's not their personal property, it is Blizzard's. Further, according to the understanding of theft, Blizzard would be the "true owner."

So you're blocked before you even reach the much messier questions of jurisdiction or placing a value on the item.

Glass said...

Whoops, hadn't realized this was the post to an older column; just for clarification, those were my comments on the online theft column.