Misunderstanding Creativity : User Created Content in Virtual Worlds and its Constraints by Code and Law

Burri, Mira (2011). Misunderstanding Creativity : User Created Content in Virtual Worlds and its Constraints by Code and Law. International journal of communications law and policy IJCLP, 14, pp. 1-28. IJCLP

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Virtual worlds have moved from being a geek topic to one of mainstream academic interest. This transition is contingent not only on the augmented economic, societal and cultural value of these virtual realities and their effect upon real life but also on their convenience as fields for experimentation, for testing models and paradigms. User creation is however not something that has been transplanted from the real to the virtual world but a phenomenon and a dynamic process that happens from within and is defined through complex relationships between commercial and non-commercial, commodified and not commodified, individual and of the community, amateur and professional, art and not art. Accounting for this complex environment, the present paper explores user created content in virtual worlds, its dimensions and value and above all, its constraints by code and law. It puts forward suggestions for better understanding and harnessing this creativity.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > Institute of European and International Economic Law

UniBE Contributor:

Burri, Mira

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

ISSN:

1439-6262

Publisher:

IJCLP

Language:

English

Submitter:

Tihomira Burri

Date Deposited:

25 Aug 2014 16:57

Last Modified:

31 May 2017 10:44

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.51534

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/51534

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