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When there is a theft of virtal goods in a virtual world, does your avatar spend time in a virtual jail? Interesting tie-in with an excellent new Charles Stross novel. (Read the complete story)

"It turns out that there was an incident several months ago in which a virtual bank went bust; here's an excerpt from Stross' site:

"A large chunk of the plot of my next SF novel, "Halting State", centred on a crime caper involving the robbery of a bank inside a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game.
It turns out that there's been a major bank robbery in Eve Online ó only the bank itself was a Ponzi scheme.
Which just goes to show why nobody in their right mind is going to trust a bank in an MMORPG that isn't backed by a real financial institution, or at least the MMORPG company itself with a fat deposit in an account somewhere ... only to say more would be a spoiler for the novel. Which I'd set twelve years hence. Except bits of it seem to be coming true right now."
(Truth Overtakes Fiction in Strangeness Department)"
(Bill Christensen 11/17/2007 8:36:07 PM)

"This has got to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. Why doesn't the owner of the Habbo Hotel simply put the stuff back? If I buy a virtual car, could I put a virtual Lo-Jack on it, and if stolen call the virtual cops so they can use their Lo-Jack tracer to find it?"
(Tim 11/20/2007 11:16:48 AM)
"The point isn't that the goods were virtual. The point is that they were paid for with real money, and then taken to an area where the legitimate owner could not access them (i.e, stolen)."
(Indiana Joe 11/21/2007 7:14:43 PM)

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