A wife in China has claimed half her husband’s virtual assets in divorce proceedings. She says she helped him build up the virtual assets in online games such as Sims and Happy Farmer, and is therefore entitled to her share.
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The divorce court at Shunyi, Beijing, rejected the claim, however, saying the claimant could not prove the assets had any financial worth in the real world.
As it is unlikely to be the last claim of this kind as people live their lives increasingly online, perhaps lawmakers should consider ways up updating divorce laws as well as copyright laws to make them more appropriate in the digital age.
Downtime wonders how long it will be before virtual assets start appearing in prenuptial agreements.