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[高二]Is it real property?
作者:21ST    来源:21世纪学生英文报·高二版第382期    日期: 2010-07-30

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IN real life, if someone steals your cellphone or another belonging, you can report it to the police. But what if your virtual (虚拟的) property (财产) – such as weapons (武器) in a cyber (网络) game or a QQ show – are stolen? Who should bear the responsibility?

Several netizens (网民) went to the Tencent company on November 30, accusing it of failing to protect their accounts. They had had their QQ Show avatars (虚拟身份), clothes and other items stolen. One person lost 1,800 virtual items, worth 60,000 yuan, reported Southern Metropolis Daily. But Tencent said netizens needed to turn to their local cyber police department for help.

However, Guo Qing, lawyer of Beijing’s Yingke Law Firm, said: “If the companies involved can’t prove they’ve done enough to protect the virtual property, they should bear responsibility.”

In recent years, there has been much talk about virtual property.

Players get virtual property from Web games. By engaging in various activities, they get in-game items and virtual money, which can be bought and sold within the game.

Today, virtual property is a billion dollar world industry. Web games like Secondlife, Entropia and World of Warcraft have their own currencies (货币), which can be bought with hard cash. And players can make money by trading in virtual houses or setting up clothing stores.

But today the protection of virtual property still remains a new concept in China, with the law having little to say about the problem. Local police often think virtual property has no real value.

But it does have value, some experts say, because players spend time, energy, money, labor and intelligence getting in-game goods. For this reason they argue that Copyright (版权) Law should protect virtual property.

Other Chinese experts say Internet thieves should be punished according to the Criminal Law. Wang Xiaoquan, a young netizen in Shenyang, was sentenced to three years in prison by the local court for theft of 100,000 yuan worth of virtual property in May.

The protection of virtual property in law has become a trend.

In Taiwan, virtual property is regarded as “movable property” in crimes of fraud (诈骗) and theft, and considered as part of one’s private property. Stealing other people’s virtual property is considered a crime and carries a sentence of up to three years in prison.

Security tips

Do not accept files from strangers;

Do not go to questionable websites, which may contain hacking (黑客) programs;

Change passwords frequently.



cheat 游戏中的作弊,也指游戏秘笈

item 游戏内的道具

newbie 菜鸟,新玩家



account n. 账户,账目

My salary is paid into my bank account.

turn to 向……求助

I don't know who to turn to.

engage vi. 从事 (常和介词in搭配)

Only 10% of American adults engage in regular exercise.

trade vt./vi./n. 买卖,交易

The company trades in silk, tea, and other items.

concept n. 概念,观念

It's very simple, once you grasp the concept.


They had had their QQ Show avatars, clothes and other items stolen.

have sth done这个结构在本句中的意思是“经历某事”,本结构还可以用来谈论安排事情让别人来做。


Jenny hopes that Mr Smith will suggest a good way to have her written English _______ in a short period. (07福建卷)

A. improved B. improving

C. to improve D. improve

Key: A

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