This is an edited version of a talk one of us (Lemley) gave at the UC Davis symposium on the future of law. We explore legal issues that will arise in virtual reality and augmented reality, particularly those stemming from the fact that VR is a visceral experience that blurs the line between information and the physical. The fact that people experience VR as real even when they know it isn’t has implications for tort and criminal law. The ability to design and change the terms of people’s interaction in virtual reality has significant implications for the role of law vs self-help. In VR, code IS law in a very real sense.
Lemley, Mark A and Volokh, Eugene, The Real Law of Virtual Reality (October 9, 2017).