Online Games and Some Legal Aspects

The internet has given birth to a new world, the virtual world and new citizens of that world, the netizens. It is borderless and timeless world which is settling down, but fast. Things that are here today are gone the next moment, such is the speed of this world. It has therefore rules of its own. We cannot apply the real world rules to this world which are area and time bound.

Cyber-law therefore is the latest trend in the legal department. The laws are very tricky, they anyway are in the real world but what say of the world that is virtual or almost does not exit. The prime question is how will you prove the crime? Even if you do, can you punish a person in the real world who has done a virtual crime? Who is the authority to punish in the virtual world? Should you punish at all for crimes in virtual games after all is it not only a game? If so is cricket or football not only a game? Then cheating in those does get you in big trouble. Which games are for which age groups? What if the games for adults are played by children? What if some harm is done on the net in the virtual games, such as harming an animal or killing someone, will it amount to actually killing, as no one has actually got hurt?

All these questions need to be answered. The cyber law is being written and rewritten as the need arises. It is evolving as a prime branch of law. Henceforth more and more crimes would be on the net (virtual) so we need to address this need. The best idea would be to know the rules of the games well and to abide by them religiously. Cyber law is definitely a need of the times.

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