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Roncallo-Dow S, Uribe-Jongbloed E, Barker K & Scholz T (2013) Authorship in Virtual Worlds: Authors Death to Rights Revival?, Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, 6 (3).
In Massively Multiplayer Online games (MMOs) and virtual worlds, the idea of authors seems to have ‘died’ or been ‘wiped out,’ at least from the perspective of users. The concept of authorship does not receive adequate attention or recognition in MMOs and online games in particular appear to deprive authors of their rights, both legally and morally. Users of MMOs are required to consent to the deprivation of rights in both authorship and intellectual property before they can access multi-user environments. This deprives users of their rights as authors. This paper will show that currently acceptable practice is problematic and leads to a decrease of innovation. Furthermore, it will consider a fresh approach to such issues, in light of the idea of authors as producers and as a vivid force for innovation. In addition to this, consideration will be given to the idea of collective authorship. Rather than a strictly legal analysis, this paper will explore a legal and media approach to authorship in MMOs.
Law; Online Games; Copyright; Authorship; User Rights
|Authors||Roncallo-Dow Sergio, Uribe-Jongbloed Enrique, Barker Kim, Scholz Tobias|
|Publisher||Journal of Virtual Worlds Research|
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research: Volume 6, Issue 3