Virtual Reality ‘Avatars’ Are Now Real Enough To Be Sued — The American, A Magazine of Ideas

Virtual Reality ‘Avatars’ Are Now Real Enough To Be Sued — The American, A Magazine of Ideas
when lawsuits involve subpoenas to uncover the identities of virtual avatars—or, for that matter, pseudonymous bloggers and blog commenters—both state and federal rules of civil procedure likely need to be reformed so that plaintiffs will need to satisfy some clear standard before they can force pseudonymous Internet users into the open. My suggestion: Plaintiffs should have to discuss the merits of the case itself in a fashion specific enough to survive a motion to dismiss—and thus to justify discovering the identity behind a particular avatar.

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