Research Handbook on the Law of Virtual and Augmented Reality

Edited by Woodrow Barfield, Professor Emeritus, USA Editor, Virtual Reality Journal and Marc Jonathan Blitz, Alan Joseph Bennett Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University, School of Law, US

Virtual and augmented reality raise significant questions for law and policy. When should virtual world activities or augmented reality images count as protected First Amendment ‘speech’, and when are they instead a nuisance or trespass? When does copying them infringe intellectual property laws? When should a person (or computer) face legal consequences for allegedly harmful virtual acts? The Research Handbook on the Law of Virtual and Augmented Reality addresses these questions and others, drawing upon free speech doctrine, criminal law, issues of data protection and privacy, legal rights for increasingly intelligent avatars, and issues of jurisdiction within virtual and augmented reality worlds.

‘The Research Handbook on the Law of Virtual and Augmented Reality is an extraordinary contribution to the scholarship in this rapidly developing area. The work boasts an impressive list of contributors, and the depth and breadth of topics is quite striking. One might think that such a work would be of interest primarily to lawyers involved in the computer game industry, or in law and technology. But this area of law now reaches into daily life, and both practicing attorneys and scholars in the areas of tort law (defamation, privacy law, right of publicity), constitutional law, intellectual property, criminal law, and business law will also find much to interest them, and a great deal of insight to assist them in analyzing the very real questions that this area of law now presents us. Recommended.’
– Christine Corcos, Louisiana State University and A&M, US

‘The Research Handbook on the Law of Virtual and Augmented Reality offers an all-encompassing view on this field of legal research, containing 20 chapters from scholars in the USA, Asia, and the European Union that explore how these jurisdictions might apply to VR/AR-technologies and apps. Woodrow Barfield and Marc Blitz have edited an outstanding volume that should be read by all, including students and policy makers.’
– Ugo Pagallo, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy

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