In today’s world, many view their digital avatars as virtual extensions of themselves. We embrace our avatars either by dressing them in the latest armor, or spending actual currency to get them the swords and shields that fits their personalities. Since so much attention is invested in these digital characters, one can ask the question, due to avatars having become so intertwined within our physical lives, should a person’s avatar be protected under a digital Bill of Rights?
In his article, A Declaration for the Rights of Avatars (Avatar_Declaration_of_Rights pdf), Ralph Koster’s, argues that these avatars, which many of us hold so dear, should have their own declaration of rights. In other words, avatar should be treated as actual people. In today’s digital world, arguments such as this are not unreasonable because of the work and effort many people devote to these digital characters. Furthermore, Koster expresses that this declaration of rights for avatars will prevent someone from defacing or violating another’s avatar. It is this premise that makes Koster’s argument so appealing.
With Koster’s argument in mind, we must always consider how technology continues to change our world. It seems that now more than ever, the majority of us believe that our digital image is a reflection of our physical being. This fact alone makes arguments like Koster’s reasonable, because we must be willing to explore how protection laws might advance in the near future.