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Dutch court convicts teens for stealing virtual property.

by on Oct.26, 2008, under Virtual Worlds


In the Leeuwarden district court two boys, aged 14 and 15 where sentenced to community service for forcing a other boy to transfer Runescape items to the attackers accounts. The 2 boys punched, kicked and threatened the victim with a knife.

The most interesting part of this case was that the issue isn’t the assault but if virtual items should be considered goods that can be stolen. The lawyer defending the 2 boys argued that legally the items don’t exist and can’t be stolen.

The court doesn’t agree with that defence and cited a earlier ruling that electricity can be considered a a material object in criminal law and stealing electricity is theft. The same principle applies in this case and stealing virtual items is theft, the court rules.

source: RNW

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