Monday, September 16, 2013

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research: Legal and Governance Challenges

The latest issue of Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is hot off the (virtual) press. Over the past twelve months, virtual world gurus Dan Hunter and Greg Lastowka and I have assembled a diverse collection of virtual world and law pieces. Notably it is also the ten year anniversary of Lastowka & Hunter's "The Laws of the Virtual Worlds"  (2004)  California Law Review 92(1) (available here). The collection shows us how large this area of study has now become and how much work there reamins for us to do and virtual places to explore. Enjoy!

The collection consists of:

Table of Contents

Managing Editor Corner

What Should Atomic and BITonic Learn from Each Other?PDF
Yesha Sivan

Issue Editors' Corner

Melissa de Zwart, Dan Hunter, Greg Lastowka

Peer Reviewed Research Papers

Authorship in Virtual Worlds: Author's Death to Rights Revival?PDF
Sergio Roncallo-Dow, Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed, Kim Barker, Tobias M Scholz
Evaluating Consent and Legitimacy Amongst Shifting Community Norms: an EVE Online Case StudyPDF
Nicolas Suzor, Darryl Woodford
The Iron LawPDF
William Sims Bainbridge
Blazing Trails: A New Way Forward for Virtual Currencies and Money LaunderingPDF
Michael P. Bombace
Dutch Supreme Court 2012: Virtual Theft Ruling a One-off or first in a Series?PDF
Arno R. Lodder
Magic Modders: Alter Art, Ambiguity, and the Ethics of ProsumptionPDF
Aaron Trammell