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Dutch court convicts 2 of stealing virtual items

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A Dutch court has convicted two youths of
theft for stealing virtual items in a computer game and sentenced them to
community service.

Only a handful of such cases have been heard in the world, and they have
reached varying conclusions about the legal status of "virtual goods."

The Leeuwarden District Court says the culprits, 15 and 14 years old,
coerced a 13-year-old boy into transferring a "virtual amulet and a virtual
mask" from the online adventure game RuneScape to their game accounts.

"These virtual goods are goods (under Dutch law), so this is theft," the
court said Tuesday in a summary of its ruling.

Identities of the minors were not released.

The 15-year-old was sentenced to 200 hours service, and the 14-year-old
to 160 hours.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081021...rtual_theft;_ylt=AqZy5r2GjfjeDwCq5VA1IuAsQE4F
 
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