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China bans gold farming

Posted in Government, Piracy with tags , , , , on June 30, 2009 by Bradley Hall

Gold, gil, republic credits, whatever the currency is in your Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, odds are you’ve come across gold farmers.

Gold farmers are typically those characters who have a “board smash” name like “XXyyzzz” and do nothing but fish, or fight rare monsters, or something else that generates a ton of in-game currency. These people then sell the gold they obtain via their playing to other players. Of course, people often sell their gold to the gold farmers as well.

In ever MMO I’ve ever played, this was against the terms of service as it made the game unfair to those who did not have buckets of real world money to use to buy in-game money so they could purchase things like the Lizard Harness Set +1.

The majority of the farmers are in Asia, mostly Korea. However, according to Information Week, China has banned gold farming.

“Since 2007, virtual money trading has drawn official attention, with the government demanding tighter controls as such trading became an avenue for gambling and illicit trade.

Under the new rules, using virtual money for gambling will be punished by public security authorities, and minors may not buy virtual money.

The Ministry of Culture also vowed to step up supervision on money laundering via virtual credits and other illegal online activities.” – From the press release issued by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

Information week article

Ministry of Commerce press release.

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EFF makes headway in making blanket license for universites

Posted in Intellectual Property with tags , , , on December 10, 2008 by Bradley Hall

I was surprised to find mention of this.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has made headway in getting the record labels to accept a blanket license to allow college students to continue sharing music at a percieved cost of $5 per month.

It’s not yet known how this will happen, if the negotiations are sucessful. But my guess would be universities would add the fee onto tuition.

Blanket license.

Welcome

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 21, 2008 by Bradley Hall

Welcome to the first post of Intellectual Economy, my blog about Intellectual Property Law and Economics.

The scope and aim of this blog is to inform about different matters of economics, but most importantly Intellectual Property law. IP law is one of the most misunderstood of all types of law. Such as when Fair Use isn’t Fair Use, and what constitutes piracy.

We are at the forefront of an era when Intellectual Property will be one of the most visible types of legal battles.

Right now small battles are being waged across the land. We will document these skirmishes.

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