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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'.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Does Internet Lead To A Paradigm Shift In Law?

Let us assume for a moment that law can be associated with the term 'science' (which is the case of many academics of various jurisdictions). In such a case, the common features of science could be attributed to law as well, including Thomas Kuhn paradigm as the word depicting the basic assumptions of scholars.

The basic assumptions of legal scholars, which eventually affect the practice and the legislation, at least via education of the forthcoming lawyers and legislators, comprise of theoretic models of various legal institutions. These institutions imply the way the things are regulated and/or resolved in practice.

Internet challenges many basic institutions of law, for instance, jurisdiction or persona (understood as a legal abstact from an actual individual or individuals). Speaking about jurisdiction, the law cannot resolve the problem without construction of many legal fictions, which are syphilis to get rid of according to Bentham.


May it be that this and associated facts mean that the Internet leads to a paradigm shift in law, which, in its turn, may affect the basic principles as well?


Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Bunch Of Old Games Appeared At Steam

If you have not checked Steam recently, and you like to play rather old games without copyright infringement, you should definitely check their store. 

The 11th Hour, The 7th Guest, Shadow Man, I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, Anachronox, Daikatana, Uban Chaos, Knights and Merchants, Startopia, Pandemonium, Enclave, Deathtrap Dungeon, Silent Storm, Septerra Core, Gorky 17, Shadow Warrior, Omikron: The Nomad Soul, Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain are all for sale now. 

Most of these games belong to early 2000s, an age of evolving 3D and last massive non-indie genre experiments. A good chance to make an applied research in game design combined with a warm nostalgia.


Social media is a tricky place, so I decided to shade controversial words at a failed Daikatana ad. If this is the first time you see this, you may find a short story about it at 'Reception and controversy' section here.

Free And Legal Photos With morgueFile And Google+

I used to address www.everystockphoto.com for embedding free images into my blog posts or get photos for my presentations, but I have noticed several drawbacks. In particular, embedded photos do not work with automatic crossposting to Google+. Also I tend to find fewer good images there recently.

This time, after a casual search at that website, I stumbled upon morgueFile, a free photo archive with decent images and attractive legal terms. You are free to adapt the work, to use this work for commercial purposes and without attributing the original author. The limitations are that (obviously) you cannot claim ownership of the image in its original state and that you cannot use the image exactly as it is without an alteration.


The 'stand alone basis' limitation is easy to comply with if you use Google+ as it has a neat lightweight photo editor for all images uploaded to the profile.

Web 2.0 Deconstruction Of Institutional Monopoly On Production Of Knowledge

I am risking to get into one of those 'Top 10 Worst Blog Post Titles' lists, and yet I think that this is an appropriate one!

One of the major reasons why researchers in the field of humanities and social sciences do their work is the power to affect social reality. In many cases this influence is subtle, indirect and slow, but it is nevertheless real. 

For instance, Montesquieu, who is conventionally percieved as the developer of the separation of powers doctrine, affected most of the modern constitutions in such a way, and consequently this gave a rise to many social, political and legal features which we currently find common and obvious.