Dutch court sentences teens to community service for virtual theft

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

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

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