Law and Order in Virtual Worlds: Exploring Avatars, Their Ownership and Rights

Law and Order in Virtual Worlds: Exploring Avatars, Their Ownership and Rights

Angela Adrian (University of Bournemouth, UK)
Release Date: May, 2010|Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 238
ISBN13: 9781615207954|ISBN10: 1615207953|EISBN13: 9781615207961|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-795-4


As virtual worlds increase in their depth and number, evolving into virtual communities with separate rules and expectations, they are often brought into conflict with the legal rules of the physical world.

Law and Order in Virtual Worlds: Exploring Avatars, Their Ownership and Rights provides an understanding of the interface between the laws of the real world and the laws of the virtual worlds. Written for anyone who has ventured into a virtual reality and wondered what, if any, real world consequences would follow their actions, this book raises and answers compelling legal questions about such issues as owning virtual assets, intellectual property right infringements and virtual liabilities in the real world.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • ‘Griefing’ and Virtual Crimes
  • Avatars in Virtual Worlds
  • Boundaries of Real and Virtual Worlds
  • Contract Law and Virtual Worlds
  • Developments in Virtual Property Rights
  • Intellectual Property and Virtual Worlds
  • Mischief and Grief: Virtual Torts
  • Why Virtual Worlds Matter
  • Why Virtual Worlds?

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Angela Adrian Angela started her career in business after acquiring a Masters degree from Schiller International University in London. After working for a number of years, she decided to focus on law. She received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University, New Orleans. She then became a qualified attorney in Louisiana. After practising for a few, she specialised in Commercial Law and gained an LLM with distinction from the University of Aberdeen. Concurrently, she became a solicitor in England and Wales. Ms Adrian is finishing her PhD thesis entitled “Personality and Property Rights in Virtual Worlds” which will be published as a monograph entitled “Law and Order In Virtual Worlds: Exploring Avatars, their Ownership and Rights”. Currently, Ms. Adrian is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Bournemouth University where she teaches Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law, Contract Law and International Trade Law. Her research interests are intellectual property, virtual reality, entertainment law, commercial law, oil and gas law, international trade and contract law.