How can the rights of human beings and property be protected in a virtual world? How can they be enforced, and who should bear that cost? These are just a few of the complex issues currently facing online worlds, where virtual lives and goods have real value to users, and at the SXSW conference in Austin, a panel of industry experts gathered to discuss possible solutions.
GoPets CEO Erik Bethke, Live Gamer co-founder Andrew Schneider and attorney Greg Boyd spoke on the panel, while Charles River Ventures' Susan Wu, long an advocate of online world businesses, moderated.
What are virtual property rights?