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Two thieves who stole from a RuneScape runescaper have been convicted and ordered to perform 144 hours of community service, after stealing another boy's online possessions. The Telegraph reports that the un-named offender who was born in 1992, beat and kicked the 13-year-old victim and threatened him with a knife in 2007. He then made the boy log into the runescape and 'rs gold' the amulet and mask used by his character.

The Supreme Court determined that while the objects had no tangible value, they had intrinsic value to the 13-year-old runescaper because of "the time and energy he invested" in winning them during the runescape. The two thieves were both initially convicted in 2009, but one appealed to the Supreme Court.

While the successful prosecution may give hope to those fighting cybercrime or online intellectual property theft in the UK, a lawyer contacted by the Huffington Post says don't get your buy runescape gold. Therese Wallin of find a solicitor service buy runescape accounts, said no English court would prosecute a similar case.
"The question of whether someone in the UK could be prosecuted for a similar crime, centres around how the victim acquired the amulet and mask during the playing of the RuneScape runescape.
In this case the boy spent "time and runescape gold" winning them while playing and no English court would prosecute anyone and award damages to someone for a waste of time, that is, the time wasted by the person acquiring the goods in the first place, only for them to then be taken.
The case would be different if the virtual goods were paid for with cash.

"If the amulet and mask were bought for cash during the runescape and then someone took them from the purchaser without their permission, for example by impersonating that owner in the online runescape, then this is theft and they could be prosecuted.
The fact that intangible goods were purchased doesn't matter. For example, if someone owns the copyright of a runescape they've developed, and someone copies that runescape and starts using it, then there has been an infringement or theft of that copyright.
"Saying that, even if a virtual theft had taken place, and a criminal case could be brought, it is unlikely the police would proceed with such a case."
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