MMORPGing, Law and Lingo

Barker, Kim (2013). MMORPGing, Law and Lingo. In: Freeman, Michael and Smith, Fiona eds. Law and Language: Current Legal Issues. Current Legal Issues, 15. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 417–433.



The use of language in law can have a range of different implications on the outcome of legislation and case law. Additionally, for emerging issues of law, accuracy and definitions are important. Online gaming is one area of emerging law filled with challenging issues; one of which is terminology. The use of general and vague terms adds to complexities; cyberspace, virtual worlds and avatars are all seemingly specific terms, yet on closer examination are applicable to more than one entity. This paper explores the se terms and more, exemplifying the need for accuracy and specificity in the use of terms, and the legal consequences of inaccuracy in such terminology.

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