Virtual furniture theif arrested

November 14, 2007

I’m anxious to see what constitutes a jury of peers, if lawyers manage to get this case moved to the venue where the alleged crimes took place.
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Virtual Furniture Thief Arrested

 The question of who has metaphysical jurisdiction in virtual worlds is not one so carefully addressed in Amsterdam as police have arrested a virtual criminal. In the Netherlands, at least, theft is theft and has real-world consequences.

In this case, it’s the arrest of a 17-year-old and the questioning of four 15-year-old accomplices.

They’re crime: Stealing virtual furniture and putting it in their own virtual pads at the Habbo Hotel.

Just like in Second Life, Habbo has its own virtual economy, and the furniture was worth nearly $6,000, according to a Reuters report.

And teenagers being teenagers are especially likely to misunderstand the concept of consequences, real world or virtual. Sulake, the parent company of Habbo Hotel boasts 80 million users, all trading in virtual currency that can be traded for “real” money.

But one thing’s for certain, the Dutch police aren’t wasting time debating lofty concepts like metaphysical jurisdiction. These teenagers are facing real penalties. 

Virtual Furniture Thief Arrested

Virtual Furniture Thief Arrested
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One Response to “Virtual furniture theif arrested”

  1. jordan said

    this is stupid why u arrest him its just a fc**g game u sado

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