The Virtual Property Problem: What Property Rights in Virtual Resources Might Look Like, How They Might Work, and Why They are a Bad Idea

@article{Nelson2009TheVP,
  title={The Virtual Property Problem: What Property Rights in Virtual Resources Might Look Like, How They Might Work, and Why They are a Bad Idea},
  author={John William Nelson},
  journal={Cyberspace Law eJournal},
  year={2009}
}
  • J. W. Nelson
  • Published 15 August 2009
  • Law
  • Cyberspace Law eJournal
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