Dutch youths convicted of virtual theft - Yahoo! News
I'm of two minds over this.
One nothing real was stolen.
Two the kids that did it are @$$holes.
To be honest, I can see why it was treated as a crime. What worries me is the fact it was actually prosecuted. Either the Netherlands has a well kept secret of almost no crime, or they are being forced to reach ridiculous targets with prosecutions. Martin, tell us which way round it is, so we know whether to move to the Netherlands or stay well away.
EDIT: Also, Runescape. I have one question. Why?
"These virtual goods are goods (under Dutch law), so this is theft," the court said Tuesday in a summary of its ruling.
Makes me wonder if Netherlands based MMOs could be taxed on the monetary value of their items.
I wouldn't be surprised if the WoW or Runescape economy outstages several minor countries.
Only in the Netherlands, we have crime here like every other country just our justice system if screwed up. Killers can often get away with 5 years if they don't try for the temp insanity plea. Which works more often then not. I think it's totally ridiculous stealing you can get few years in prison for and killing you can get maybe a year or 2 more for.