If runescape money has real value why isnt it taxable
Ring World - 1 Dutch Courts - 0
Hold the non existend phone there. doesn't the fact that RWT exists imply it has a monetary value? that would mean you could tax it.
>Implying that if I turned all my real world assets into runescape gold via gold buying that the IRS could take my runescape gold
Where did I say jagex doesn't?
Jagex owns your account and everything on it. Jagex still owns it when the kid pulled out his knife.
You forgot one thing, at runescape the person could have spend hours and hours to get those items. The person with the bike did not need to spend that many hours to get the bike. It is like you borrowing a house which you live in and someone breaks things of/in your house which the owner of the house (the person you are borrowing it from) has to get refund but has taken hours of you to repear it (or something like that).
But see, in your example:
Person A lends Person B a bike.
Person C then takes the bike from Person B.
Person B lost nothing of his own possession/value. Person A was the one who lost something of value to Person C.
Now, let's do the same for the RuneScape OP's example. Jagex would be Person A. The difference is that Jagex didn't lose anything of value (The mask/amulet is still theirs). The kid, Person B, also didn't lose anything that was his either because the mask and amulet were not his. In this case, nothing was stolen as Jagex still has possession/ownership of their mask and amulet.
The persons didn't steal a thing from him, they did steal his time and work spend on the game.
Deal with it.
It deals with existing precedences where you cant buy "work" put into accounts or items in RWTing.
For example I cant make a gold selling site that sells gold and runescape accounts by saying I am selling the work I put into gathering the materials not the gold itself. If I could you better believe that the owners of those sites would have lawsuits up in Jagex face for stealing their work (via bans).
Edit: My ultimate stance is, is that the kid should be in-trouble for threatening the other kid with a knife and trying to illegally gather personal information under duress (his account info) instead of the actual theft. If virtual gold is seen as real you open up a real pandora's box.
Edited by Ring_World, 04 July 2011 - 11:16 AM.