- A self-governance group of virtual world stakeholders should be formed
- A players’ bill of rights should be drafted and should include the right of free speech and the rights to assemble and organize.
- A universal age verification system should be created to support the individual rights of all users
- Virtual world designers should have freedom of expression
- Virtual worlds should include plain-language End-User License Agreements (EULA) to enable all individuals to understand their rights
- There are different types of virtual worlds with different policy implications
- Access is critical to virtual worlds, so net neutrality must be maintained
- Game developers shall not be liable for the actions taken by players
- Fair use may apply in virtual worlds that enable amateur creation of original works
- The government should provide a comprehensive package of funding for educational games research, development, and literacy
What else?! EVE!!!!! I’m so impressed with what they’ve been doing lately.
CCP (EVE developer)is introducing an ability for EVE players to elect “a player-staffed oversight committee that will be regularly flown to Iceland to “audit CCP’s operations and report back to their player-constituents”. To insure the elections are free and fair, “CCP says it will call in election monitors from universities in Europe and the United States”" (stolen from the brilliant Mark Wallace’s blog 3pointD, because I’m such a lazy cut’n'paste blogger). New York Times article here. It’s a thing of beauty! I’m not saying that all virtual gaming worlds should do the same, but for EVE which has such business competitive gameplay it’s just perfect! And if that wasn’t enough, they’ve now appointed an in-world lead economist!
So much more delightful than the US Congress talking about virtual world taxes! ;)
There’s so much more going on – but this blogpost is getting kinda large – so I’ll be back with more soon!
PS – couldn’t think of an appropriate picture for this post so I slapped on a picture by my brilliantly talented friend Eva.