ATLAS talk: How real-world laws affect virtual worlds

As billions of dollars are exchanged in virtual worlds like World of Warcraft, Second Life and Free Realms, criminals defraud online communities. When avatars lose virtual property to wrongdoers, people feel cheated and increasingly seek legal remedies. 

But what laws assist a person whose avatar is robbed? 

Greg Lastowka, author of “Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds” and professor at Rutgers University Law School, will discuss how real-world laws are being adapted to virtual worlds and how governments respond to cyberspace chaos. He will explore laws of property, crime, jurisdiction and copyright as they relate to virtual worlds.

This talk is part of the ATLAS Speaker Series, made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel. Attend all talks in the series, visit



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