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Applying the Constitution like a sledgehammer to online arenas originally created for escape may sound like the ultimate bad trip -- going against the "we're in this together" camaraderie that has sparked many a virtual world quest.


Trust me, if some lame brain bearucrat was to EVER do that, then blood would be shed. There'd be assassinations like crazy

The term "Don't touch my property" come's into play, people play online game's to escape reality

Funny thing is

It's no different from playing single player games. I play UC to escape reality as well as to have fun in space


Already, some players use virtual worlds as a sort-of public square, voicing their opinion on everything from real-world presidential politics to the problems they have with the game creators. And this brings up another potential legal issue: Using a privately run space to voice public opinions.

Every TOS has a line that forbids any outside political discussion WHAT SO EVER

Go figure that the article doesn't bother to explain that SOME people break the rules, again, SOME! not EVERYONE


Of course all this talk about the law and virtual worlds may sound silly to most people; conjuring up images of tiny digitized courtrooms with a seventh-level dwarf pleading his case.

Funny, damn right it's funny, down right outragious...


A more recent case involves Marvel Comics, owners of "Spider-Man" and "The X-Men" franchises. Concerned that players in the critically acclaimed online game "City of Heroes" were using the game's character building tools to outfit themselves as Marvel-owned heroes, the company sued the game's maker, South Korean online gaming giant NCsoft. It was up to NCsoft, Marvel charged, to prevent its players from infringing on its trademarks.

Hmmm, I find this to be the most interesting part of the article, before NCsoft could even TOUCH the super hero area, they had to first get permission from Marvel

And back in Beta, they even said that they finally got permission from Marvel to release the game to the public, why do I get the feeling this guy is LIEING? Or, is it possible NCSoft lied to us? We'll never know..

I think the reason the government wants to get involved is because of all that money being made from online game's, thousand's upon hundreds of thousands play these games. Eve-online has a population of 15,000 players and about 5000-10,000 are online at any given moment

Given that, they get A LOT of money per month. And the government wants to get involved

Over all:


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"Given that, they get A LOT of money per month. And the government wants to get involved

Over all:


Probably a dumb way of making my first post, but:

1. Asking large corporations to keep the law out of it, is like asking me not to look at internet porn. Sure, it sounds like something that can be done...but there's still that urge.

2. The NCsoft thing is wacky, to say the least. It's kind of like WB taking the makers of 3000ad to court because LostInSpace uses Marvin the Martian as his avatar.

3. People sit around all day and play video games as a job in a 'digital sweat shop'? Hell...I was just getting used to the idea of a LANparty. But now I can get paid to do it? I'm dropping out of law school.

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