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Date posted: 25/12/2003

A player in the chinese virtual world Red Moon, who spent two years in world, ammassing equipment and funds within the virtual environment, has won a court battle to have them restored after a hacker broke in and deleted them. 24 year old Li Hongchen took Beijing Arctic Ice Technology Development, makers of Red Moon to The Chaoyang District People's Court, sueing for 10,000 yuan compensation (?800). The court ruled that, because the loss was the company's fault for not securing its server, it must replace the items that were deleted. Li Hongchen was quoted as saying "I exchanged the equipment with my labour, time, wisdom and money, and of course they are my belongings." This is the first case of virtual property loss in China, but is just part of a growing trend of integration between the physical, and the virtual.

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