Friday, November 16, 2007

Well, since my baby left me, I've find a new place to dwell; it's at the end of a virtual street, at Habbo Hotel


A Dutch teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing virtual furniture from "rooms" in Habbo Hotel, a 3D social networking website.

Your comments? I, for one, think this is more of a fraud case than a "theft" case. While the users did pay for the virtual items using "real money," the entire world that was set up is still owned by the maker of the game. If they stopped supporting the online capabilties of the game, for instance, users would have their virtual belongings "destroyed," because they would no longer be able to access them. In fact, what the users are paying for is not virtual furniture and knick knacks, but ACCESS to those particular snippets of code. If users stopped paying to access the game world, or otherwise abused their accounts, they would lose their right to access the game, and they COULD NOT argue that they should be able to keep, somehow, their unreal bedroom set.

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