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Who Owns an Avatar?: Copyright, Creativity, and Virtual Worlds

  title={Who Owns an Avatar?: Copyright, Creativity, and Virtual Worlds},
  author={Tyler Trent Ochoa},
Today's massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGs) offer their users the ability to create or customize their own avatars with distinctive visual appearances. This Article contends that users who take advantage of that ability are exercising significant creative choices, such that they should be considered the "authors" and copyright owners of their own avatars. The Copyright Act envisions several types of collaborative authorship, including joint authorship, works made for hire… 
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