Web 2.0 and real-world law

Earlier this week I attend a PLC organised seminar on Web 2.0 and real-world law. This was a seminar that was primarily aimed at solicitors so I felt like a bit of a cheat when I saw the buffet lunch they had laid on!

Once sated the seminar was delivered by Professor Chris Reed of Queen Mary School of Law at the University of London. The seminar primarily covered Second Life and the Intellectual Property issues raised from buying, working and living in Second Life which slightly disappointed me but there were some really interesting issues raised around personal property law and whether property in virtual worlds can be "stolen", Real Property Law, Trade Marks and notably "Virtual offences" against the person.

This last area is quite interesting because you wouldn't think that virtual worlds or virtual activities could have an effect on your body, but that could soon change with the introduction of things like the Hug Shirt which allows you to send virtual hugs, just don't give people bear hugs and the KissPhone I'm not sure how I missed this, but the less said about it the better I think!