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Posted: Sep 21st 2008 12:54PM (Unverified) said

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Nah, there are no rights for the avatar, and there shouldn't be, unless the game maker says that there will be. In other words, if there is a game that says "Make your avatar and take it on a thumbdrive for use in _______" and grants you those rights, the avatar, the world, and all the systems that allow for interaction are not owned by the player.

This is silly. So some guy tries to own his virtual lil property, or his virtual look. So game companies will just include on the box "Sorry, you own nothing you create in this game."

This is not like debating whether a DJ owns the beats us made using a program, because those beats have real world, outside-of-the-program uses. This is about a lil character on the screen playing with lil stuff, withing a lil world.

Posted: Sep 21st 2008 11:38PM (Unverified) said

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I always find the issue muddled by the use of the term "avatar rights" - are we talking about the rights of the avatar or the rights of a *user with an avatar*?

In almost every case we're referring to the latter, but by saying "avatar rights" we allow people an out to be dismissive.

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