Virtual worlds often seem like they have their own governmentsâ€¦.and their own laws. Whether expressed through aÂ EULAÂ or a Terms of Service Agreement, virtual worlds are often governed by individual codes of conduct and enforcement that are derived less from â€œreal-worldâ€ laws and more by the platform ownerâ€™s lawyers. But the law doesnâ€™t end at the border of a virtual world, and the continually evolving ways in which governments, regulators and judges interpret the law as it applies to virtual worlds is an increasingly important subject as online communities grow.
Robert Bloomfield welcomes a very special guest, Greg Lastowka, Professor of Law at Rutgers University on the eve of the publication of his new book:Â Virtual Justice, The New Laws of Online Worlds.
Published by Yale University Press,Â Professor Lastowkaâ€™s book explores crime, governance and a history of law in virtual worlds.
Join us for this in-depth discussion of trends, insights and the future of law, crime and governance in virtual environments on MondayÂ November 8th at 12 p.m. Pacific.
You can join in through the main stage in Second Life, or watch a live video stream of the event on this page. More information about the event and the topic (and about many related issues) can be found on the Metanomics site.