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Welcome! I am teaching law at St. Petersburg State University and engaged in legal practice with the international law firm Dentons. Major part of my research is connected to virtual worlds and massive multiplayer online games (a broad field which includes Internet law, video game law, virtual law and game studies). My legal practice is focused on providing support to computer game companies. This interest derives from my passion for computer games which I consider as one of the most important cultural artifacts ever created. Please note that this blog conveys my private opinion which is not necessarily shared by any organisations I am associated with. For more formal and detailed introduction please visit my website arkhipov.info which serves more as a 'business card'.

Friday, April 5, 2013

We Could Say That We Really Live In An Information Society...

...when an academic degree would be obtained subsequent to the results of a collection of personal WEB 2.0 contributions - blog posts, YouTube uploads and other similar pieces of digital information.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Advancement, Elder and Cycling Games

One of the recent posts in Tobold's blog contains a reference to a good post at the Lost Garden blog maintained by Daniel Cook, who once worked with Epic Megagames on Tyrian arcade.

The post provides a brief analysis of 'advancement game' (grinding to maximum level) and 'elder game' (also known as the 'end-game') which jointly oppose completely different design of 'cycling game' which basically resets the game world once in a certain period of time.

An example the author gives is a 'A Tale in the Desert' MMO. I have not yet tried it and I am not sure how 'alive' it is, but it is definitely worth trying - you may get the same expectation if you check the skills page at the wiki or the page describing law making (!) process.


'A Tale in the Desert' screenshot from the official website
located at http://www.atitd.com/images/t4screenshots/13.jpg

When Two Accounts Collide

After I registered with the Slideshare with my Facebook account I wondered what will happen if a service you are registering with other service terminates or vice versa. This issue clearly has not only technological but also legal issues. To whom one should address a claim in case he/she cannot reach the account?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Slideshare: Legal Aspects of Social Networks

I registered with the Slideshare today which looks like an extremely useful service for sharing (and finding) presentations on every topic possible.

What I uploaded is a brief presentation delivered at a theoretical seminar on legal aspects of social networks. This time it is Russian-only, but most likely I will write more on this topic in English later this year. You may find the presentation here

Note that Slideshare seems to not support animation in presentations, so I excluded it from the last slide which was supposed to show that social networks are one step behind from virtual worlds in terms of how much problems of Internet law they congregate.

Besides, my second thought further to this presentation is that what was addressed by 'legal aspects of social networks' more properly shall be addressed as 'legal aspects of WEB 2.0'.

Check E-mails And Profiles At 'Email Sherlock'

At 'Email Sherlock' website you can check whether an e-mail is associated with profiles in some popular social networks.

This service is apparently useful in any kind of internet-related activity. However, I wonder to what extents a personal e-mail may and may not be considered private/privileged information?


Link to the profile of the author of this photo
at the source website: http://www.sxc.hu/profile/thoroe