Dutch court sentences teens to community service for virtual theft

Thursday, 23rd October 2008 11:29 GMT By Mike

Yahoo is reporting that a Dutch court has convicted two teenagers to 360 hours of community service after they stole a “virtual amulet and a virtual mask” and promptly added the items to their accounts in RuneScape.

“These virtual goods are goods (under Dutch law), so this is theft,” said the court after it had learned that the youths in question beat and kicked the victim, and threatened him with a knife. Nice.

That’ll learn ‘em. Thanks, Eurogamer.

By Mike Bowden



  1. scratchy69

    Hanging’s too good for ‘em, I say.

    #1 6 years ago

    So they got done for the theft of virtual goods and not for assault or using the knife?

    Yeah right…

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Shouldn’t they be doing virtual community service?

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Gamoc

    Virtual theft? It says they actually stole something – the something was virtual, not the theft. Otherwise we’d all be in jail for playing Thief.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. mortiferus

    Serves them right! I hope they are headed straight for a virtual deflouring!

    #5 6 years ago

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