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Invisible Labor, Invisible Play: Online Gold Farming And The Boundary Between Jobs And Games, Julian Dibbell Apr 2015

Invisible Labor, Invisible Play: Online Gold Farming And The Boundary Between Jobs And Games, Julian Dibbell

Julian Dibbell

When does work become play, and play work? Courts have considered the question in a variety of economic contexts, from student athletes seeking recognition as employees to professional blackjack players seeking to be treated by casinos just like casual players. Here I apply the question to a relatively novel context: that of online gold farming, a gray-market industry in which wage-earning workers, largely based in China, are paid to play online fantasy games (MMOs) that reward them with virtual items their employers sell for profit to the same games’ casual players. Gold farming is clearly a job (and under the ...


Ownership Is Nine-Tenths Of Possession: How Disparate Conceptions Of Ownership Influence Possession Doctrines, Martin Hirschprung Feb 2013

Ownership Is Nine-Tenths Of Possession: How Disparate Conceptions Of Ownership Influence Possession Doctrines, Martin Hirschprung

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Possession is nine-tenths of ownership. And yet, the concept of possession remains woefully unclear in the law, thereby rendering the very idea of ownership too somewhat murky. This Article argues that there exists a reflexive relationship between possession and ownership, and that one’s understanding of ownership and its incidents influence the very concept of possession, rather than vice-versa. The Article further argues that given this reality, the application of the concept of stewardship to question of possession can aid significantly in resolving some of the most important contemporary disputes regarding possession and ownership in society, such as disputes between ...