Back to the future: Crime and punishment in second life

Sara Smyth

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Imagine that you are sitting at your computer ready to plan your next vacation. Why not consider taking a trip to Second Life? This world is likely to be as familiar to you as the one you already inhabit. There is no need to pack any luggage because you can buy everything you need when you arrive. You can spend the morning browsing for new body parts and an outfit in a major shopping
center. Then you can teleport to an eighteen-hole golf course or a ski resort (complete with quadruple lifts and an aprés-ski lodge) for some fun. If sports are not your thing, you can check out an art show, listen to a live lecture, or hang out in a coffee shop with some friends. At night, you can gamble your hard-earned money away in a casino or tear it up on the dance floor of the hottest nightclub around. But watch out for miscreants trying to steal your money or otherwise cheat you in some underworld scheme. Are you confused? Well, welcome to the wonderful world of Second Life!
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-72
Number of pages55
JournalRutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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