[MUD-Dev] Re: Black Snow Revisited

Blane Bramble bbramble at montavista.co.uk
Tue Apr 2 23:11:22 New Zealand Daylight Time 2002


From: "Tammie Gorzelsky" <tammie.gorzelsky at jda.com>
> At 08:16 PM 3/31/2002 -0800, Brad McQuaid wrote:

>> However, game pieces in online games are intrinsically entangled
>> in the game, and cannot be separated. My character, and all of
>> his "stuff", not only doesn't exist outside of the game, but
>> CAN'T exist outside of the game. Fir this reason, it will be
>> considered part of the game for legal purposes. Remember, it's
>> not the perceptions of those who are associated with online games
>> which matter in a court of law; it's the perception of the
>> judge(s) (and any associated jury), almost all of whom are not
>> online game designers, and are not online game players.

> I believe that this is an incorrect assumption. Take this example:
> You have an ancient piece of rock that has some hieroglyphics on
> it.  You do not read hieroglyphics, yet you have the rock. Does
> this mean the rock does not exist?  

Not sure you're assumptions are correct. Take this one, I have an
ancient piece of rock with some hieroglyphics on it. I host a GIF of
a picture of that rock on my web-server and you pay me to do so. Who
owns the rock? Who owns the GIF? If the contract between us is
cancelled, what can you claim is yours to take with you to another
web-server?

Blane.

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