October 2013

Legal Issues with MMORPGs

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The legal issues that develop in MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games) can be explained by investigating the dichotomy of game developers versus the players or subscribers.  Copyright is undoubtedly crucial for game developers. Moreover, every part of the scripts, artwork, music, sound recordings and computer code produced by or for the developer are copyrightable game components. A lucrative market has developed around MMORPGs; this marketplace includes the sale of items, characters, and game currency through outside auctions[1].