Call for Papers Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments Special Issue: Law as Applied to Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed-Reality Environments Woodrow Barfield Jonathan Franklin, University of Washington School of Law Guest Editors Advancements in virtual reality are not only technology driven, but actions within virtual environments implicate numerous issues in policy and law. For example, are virtual images copyrightable? Is the speech produced by a virtual avatar afforded rights under the U.S. and other Constitutions? How does criminal law relate to actions performed within virtual environments, or contract law apply to the lease and sale of virtual objects? These and other questions form the theme for this special issue. Legal scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and other jurisdictions are encouraged to submit.
Topics of interest for the special issue include: • Free speech and other fundamental rights within virtual environments • The law of cybersecurity within virtual and mixed environments
• A review of case law related to virtual and mixed environments • Trademark and copyright law for virtual images and virtual environments • The integration of real law in virtual environments • Augmented reality and law (e.g., virtual images in advertising) • Virtual equality and human rights in virtual environments • Patent issues with virtual reality technology • Property crimes in virtual environments • Virtual reality goes to court, rules of evidence, etc. • The law of VR and mixed reality from the U.S and other jurisdictions is especially sought. Manuscripts should conform to the journal’s submission guidelines: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/page/sub/pres Digital manuscript files should be submitted in .pdf form as email attachments to [email protected]
(preferred) or may be uploaded to authors' websites for download. Please include names and institutional affiliations of all authors on the manuscript cover page, and contact information for the corresponding author in the body of the email message. Authors, please note that in order to support the high cost of publication, page fees of $40 per published page will be mandatory. Acceptance of manuscripts for publication is based entirely on technical merit, irrespective of ability to pay the charge. For further information, please contact [email protected]
Submission date: September 1, 2016 Planned publication: late 2017 _____________________________________ The longest-established academic journal that is devoted to research into teleoperation and virtual environments (3D virtual reality worlds), Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments is filled with stimulating material about fundamental research into topics such as presence, augmented reality, haptics, user interfaces, and virtual humans, and applications that range from heritage and education to training simulators, healthcare, and entertainment. Presence appeals to a wide audience that includes computer scientists, high-tech artists and media people, psychologists involved in the study of human-machine interfaces and sensorimotor/cognitive behavior, and mechanical and electrical engineers.