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Online Gamer Stabbed for Selling Cyber-Saber

Wed Mar 30,10:23 AM ET Oddly Enough - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Shanghai online game player stabbed to death a
competitor who sold his cyber-sword, the China Daily said Wednesday,
creating a dilemma in China where no law exists for the ownership of virtual

Qiu Chengwei, 41, stabbed competitor Zhu Caoyuan repeatedly in the chest
after he was told Zhu had sold his "dragon saber," used in the popular
online game, "Legend of Mir 3," the newspaper said a Shanghai court was told

"Legend of Mir 3" features heroes and villains, sorcerers and warriors, many
of whom wield enormous swords.

Qiu and a friend jointly won their weapon last February, and lent it to Zhu
who then sold it for 7,200 yuan (US$870), the newspaper said.

Qui went to the police to report the "theft" but was told the weapon was not
real property protected by law.

"Zhu promised to hand over the cash but an angry Qui lost patience and
attacked Zhu at his home, stabbing him in the left chest with great force
and killing him," the court was told.

The newspaper did not specify the charge against Qiu but said he had given
himself up to police and already pleaded guilty to "intentional injury."

No verdict has been announced.

More and more online gamers were seeking justice through the courts over
stolen weapons and credits, the newspaper said.

"The armor and swords in games should be deemed as private property as
players have to spend money and time for them," Wang Zongyu, an associate
law professor at Beijing's Renmin University of China, was quoted as saying.

But other experts are calling for caution. "The 'assets' of one player could
mean nothing to others as they are by nature just data created by game
providers," a lawyer for a Shanghai-based Internet game company was quoted
as saying.
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    "ima420r" <> wrote in message
    > Kinda reminds me of the whole music/copyright thing.
    > It's just data, 0s and 1s, not a real (solid) object, so who can own it?
    > Of
    > course, even matter is only made of energy, vibrations, so it could be
    > said
    > that nothing is real or solid.
    > I'd be interested to hear how things turn out.

    So, you don't think ideas and inventions should be protected?
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