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Mar 17, 2008



Greg, great list. Very helpful resource. You should definitely consider a second list that also includes books. If you need help compiling a list of books, I could provide that, although I'm sure you've probably got them written down somewhere.


Awesome. This is gonna be useful for my doctorate.
For those who are interested, I just made something similar on my Blog for sources in german language.


Hi Kenan --


I do have a pretty long list of books about virtual worlds, and a I also have a pretty long list of books about cyberlaw issues, but I'm not sure what I'd put on a list of published books specifically about law and virtual worlds.

So there's the State of Play book. Jon Festinger's book video game law has an MMOG chapter, as does Greg Boyd's book on video game law. Of course, there is Ben D's forthcoming book and my forthcoming book -- would you put anything else in that group?


Thanks Hendrik!

Another reason to work on my German! :-)


I have a fairly long (and mostly unannotated) list of both law review articles and books at my website, www.lawspotonline.com, as well as at my in-world library, Second Life Lawspot. Would you mind if I link this? Thanks :)


Hi Kate -- That's a neat resource -- you sure have a lot there. Thanks for the comment.


A new one from 1995, "Virtual Reality Law":


It's from a treatise on computer law, so not technically a law review article. But it does have some interesting meditations on virtual worlds...



Paul Joseph's 1998 exploration of vigilante justice in UO. He was a law professor who would probably be writing for this site had he not passed on in '01. It's not a terribly academic article (it ran on the now-shuttered "Picturing Justice" which usually followed images of justice in cinema) but it is one of the very earliest, and I view Joseph as a true pioneer in this field.


Typo - he died in '03. And I forgot TN doesn't parse links, so here it is again:



I put my paper -- Leave Those Orcs Alone: Property Rights in Virtual Worlds -- up at SSRN


I'm increasingly surprised by how few contrarian anti-property rights papers there are.


Professor Lastowka,

This is a great resource! I've admired your work in this area for some time, so I look forward to reading the book. I realize the list is about law and virtual worlds, but I can't see leaving out Professor Castronova's important work on economics. It's really central to any arguments about property, I'd think.



Hi Steven -- thanks and yes, certainly, Ted's work was a large part of what got me (and many others) interested in this area.

I'll say again what I said in the italics after the list -- I'm only trying to be comprehensive with this list with regard to published law review articles. Non-legal work (like Ted's), Web publications (like Ben mentioned), and SSRN drafts (like Kevin's), are great stuff. But if I tried to list all of those that I'm aware of, the list would be several times longer and not comprehensive. Personally, I've collected over 200 important non-legal articles on virtual worlds over the past few years (including many by authors on the right hand column) Many of them have helped shape my thinking on legal issues, but they're not on this list.



I just walked over a text treating avatar and identity problems from a german point of view. (Mostly "personal rights" and IP-Law)

Müller/Souliotis: "Avatars, Personality, and Identity"


It is very likely that most of the above mentioned authors used Terra Nova as a starting point, mid-point, or even end point for their work. I know I did.

My (Loyola Law School) hat is off to you.


pl help me
realation between virtual reality(VR)& in law

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