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2008

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Anti-Social Contracts: The Contractual Governance Of Virtual Worlds, Joshua A.T. Fairfield Jan 2008

Anti-Social Contracts: The Contractual Governance Of Virtual Worlds, Joshua A.T. Fairfield

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Virtual worlds have seized the imaginations of millions of people who now live, work, and play together in these new environments. But all is not well. These online communities are ruled nearly exclusively by contract law, through end-user licence agreements, terms of service, and codes of conduct. Contracts are a critical means of helping two (or a few) people negotiate their preferences. But online communities are made up of enormous and shifting populations that have no time or ability to negotiate agreements with every other community member. Relying on contracts alone thus threatens the investments and creativity that go into …