So, I have begun the plans to take my 100 1Ls into Second Life next semester, to see what, if any, connections we find between traditional property concepts (first possession, adverse possession, finders, etc.) and what is happening in a virtual space like Second Life.
I am not alone in this endeavor. Seattle U. School of Law is being incredibly supportive of this experiment. Tyler Fox (IT) is super-helpful, and Rachel Goda, a 2L student is key to the whole experiment. (She will be working on an independent study paper on viritual worlds as well).
So, we will see what happens. I plan to blog about our experience here and at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford (see their new website at http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/ and my blog there -- at http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/elizabeth-townsend-gard)
We are just starting. It should be fun...I hope! I imagine we come up with many more questions. We will see if we find any answers.