With the growth of virtual worlds and the virtual economy, the virtual has become interesting for real world criminals. But also for acting out fantasies that are forbidden in the real world. In his article for Freedom from fear magazine Marc Goodman touches upon these different forms of crime and shows that law enforcement, judges and law makers will be confronted by the victims to act upon the various crimes and harm that fell upon them in an online computer game. Goodman gives some examples of crime forms, but also gives an overview of the first points of view some jurisdictions have formulated. And they are quite opposite, I should add. Some interesting thoughts there and a good start for a further discussion.
Wout de Natris
Leiderdorp, 17 December 2010