Second Life spawns new world of law

Second Life spawns new world of law

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Second Life spawns new world of law

Issue 19 | Autumn/Winter 2007

Photography: Melissa Di Ciero and Greg Ford
Dr Melissa de Zwart

Keeping up with the pace of day-to-day life is a challenge for most of us, but for millions of internet users, time-out is spent developing and nurturing a virtual ‘Second Life’. Dr Melissa de Zwart, a Senior Lecturer in Law, explains why our legal system can’t ignore the rapidly growing interest in virtual worlds.

The latest internet phenomenon is a virtual world in which relationships are created, businesses operated and money exchanged.

For users, this virtual world becomes so real that relationships are formed and deals are made, lost and won at great financial cost.

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