To steal a virtual amulet and mask from in an online computer game is theft, according to Dutch law.
Virtual possessions have value because a lot of time and effort is spent to collect the goods. To that the Dutch Supreme Court concludes Tuesday.
The Supreme Court examined a case involving two boys who abused and threatened a 13-year-old boy. They forced the victim to logging on to the game Runescape and drop his virtual amulet and mask. This allowed one of the guys to steal the mask and amulet.
The boys were given a community service of 144 hours, slightly lower than at the court. That was because the Supreme court spend too much time on the case.