Real Legal Rights To Virtual Property On Second Life?

Could there be real legal rights attached to the ownership of real estate on the internet? Should there be? The case of Carl Evans v. Linden Labs is tackling that issue, where plaintiffs are the owners of virtual real property. In the class action lawsuit, users of the virtual world Second Life are claiming that the site lured them in with the promise of actual ownership of property, and then changed the rules on them such that the real estate is now a service that the company can control and cancel.

The complaint alleges, in pertinent part, that the company and its founder: