Judge in the Netherlands rules virtual theft = physical theft

In a story by MSNBC, a 13 year old boy was beaten then threatened with a knife to give up some runescape items.
The suspect’s lawyer had argued the amulet and mask “were neither tangible nor material and, unlike for example electricity, had no economic value.”
But the Netherlands’ highest court said the virtual objects had an intrinsic value to the 13-year-old gamer because of “the time and energy he invested” in winning them while playing the game.
The offender earned himself 144 hours of community service. I think this is a step in the right direction.
Many people underestimate the value of our time spent playing videogames.
It is nice to see someone in a position of power recognizing this.

Source- MSNBC


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