[MUD-Dev] Blacksnow revisted

Matt Mihaly the_logos at achaea.com
Sat Apr 13 01:38:08 New Zealand Standard Time 2002


On Wed, 10 Apr 2002, Travis Casey wrote:
> On Tuesday 09 April 2002 12:22, Matt Mihaly wrote:
 
>> Ownership is a legal concept, and property cannot own other
>> property. Characters can't own anything, because they have no
>> legal standing to do so.
 
> Hmm... a corporation is property, but it can own things.  Roman
> slaves were property, but they could own things independently of
> their masters (if they couldn't, then the practice of buying your
> way out of slavery would have been impossible).

Yes, my terminology was incorrect. Physical property cannot own
things. A corporation is a legal entity. I suppose laws could be
passed declaring characters in virtual worlds to be legal entities,
but that seems unlikely to stand up to examination for long.

--matt

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