ABA Forms Committee on Virtual Worlds

Via Benjamin Duranske at Virtually Blind:

I am pleased to announce that the ABA’s Section of Science and Technology Law recently formed a new committee on Virtual Worlds and Multiuser Online Games. I have the honor of co-chairing this committee, along with Sean Kane, of Drakeford & Kane, and Cristina Burbach, of Fried Frank. From the Committee’s initial “who we are” statement:

The Virtual Worlds and Multiuser Online Games Committee (”VWMOG Committee”) of the Section of Science and Technology Law of the ABA will focus on the legal issues raised by the existence of virtual worlds and massively multiplayer on-line role playing games. […]

The VWMOG Committee’s immediate work plan includes creation of a website, an email listserv, and a facility in the virtual world of Second Life. Longer term goals include organizing programs for future ABA meetings and facilitating the publication of research articles and texts addressing legal issues related to virtual worlds and multiuser online games.

ABA members who are interested in virtual law are encouraged to join the committee, or contact me, Sean, or Cristina directly for more information.


2 thoughts on “ABA Forms Committee on Virtual Worlds”

  1. I’d very much like to hear what your ABA committee’s own position is going to be on the position taken by SLBA board member Jessica Holyoke that involves urging companies like Linden Lab to comply with calls from repressive governments like China demanding that names of dissenters be turned over from virtual world companies to the Chinese government.

    These are the kind of moral and legal issues you will have to grapple with.

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