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In Virtual World, Real Laws At Play

Publication Date: 
January 22, 2007
Source: 
Daily Journal
Author: 
Laura Ernde

Lecturer in Law Lauren Gelman is quoted in this article about the virtual world of the internet as opposed to real world laws.

Lauren Gelman, associate director for Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, compared the agreement to a mini-constitution. With it, Linden clearly spells out the rules that residents have to live by. "That's what makes it interesting," said Gelman, a frequent visitor to online worlds. "They're struggling with how to balance the amount of control they can cede to their users with the amount of control they have to maintain to make the world work."