The Quantum Pontiff

Stealing Virtual Furniture

Can you be arrested for stealing furniture in a virtual world? The source of this question: Philip K. Dick? Nope, NPR:

A teenager faces charges of stealing furniture that doesn’t exist. The youth in the Netherlands was on one of those Web sites where you create virtual people to wander around virtual buildings spending what amounts to real money. You pay cash for credits to spend online. The 17-year-old allegedly stole $5,800 worth of imaginary furniture. Real police arrested him. They suspect other teens of receiving the stolen goods.


  1. #1 Who Cares
    November 16, 2007

    In this case the virtual goods were bought with real cash. They are using that angle to go after the people who hacked this virtual world.

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