Dutch teen steals in online game, gets real-world punishment

Dutch teen steals in online game, gets real-world punishment

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.

 

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  • Poo

    What the hell is wrong with this country?

  • Mook

    Wow this is so much like the AP story it’s almost theft! Virtual theft, that is.

  • Dutchman

    What the hell is wrong with Dutch teens these days?

  • Haze

    In the near future thieves will steal virtual items on the internet and print them to real objects with 3D printers.

    Last week file-sharing site The Pirate Bay introduced a new category called ‘Physibles’ designed to allow people to share physical objects for download via 3D printing technology. Home 3D printers to ‘print out’ objects already exist. Copyright groups say if it takes off, everything would go out the window.

    It may seem like the work of science fiction. But the concept could be a reality sooner than we think. Dutch law is already years ahead.