[p2p-research] request for comments: What property rights in virtual resources might look like

Michel Bauwens michelsub2004 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 15 05:08:27 CEST 2009


Hi Kevin, Carson:

it would be nice if this entry could have extra comments, publishable in our

*Article: John W. Nelson. 2009. "The Virtual Property Problem: What property
rights in virtual resources might look like, how they might work, and why
they are a bad idea"*

Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_nelson/3

] Abstract

"‘Virtual property’ is a solution looking for a problem. Arguments
justifying ‘virtual property’ lie among three common themes — Lockean labor
theory, theft protection and deterrence, and market efficiency. This paper
goes beyond those who advocate for or against the creation of ‘virtual
property.’ First, Locke’s labor theory is dismissed as a justification.
Then, two models of what property rights may look like when applied to
virtual resources are created. These models are then applied to six
different virtual world scenarios in order to see the effects of ‘virtual
property.’ Finally, the failure of property rights to benefit the users,
developers, and virtual resources of virtual worlds is explained."

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