Quoting from a Wired article. This raises a whole range of questions... "In the United States, virtual worlds could eventually have the same legal status as another lucrative recreation industry: pro sports. The NHL isn't exempt from federal legislation like labor, antitrust, and drug laws. But inside the "magic circle," on the field of play, sports leagues are given great latitude to make judgments, even though jobs, endorsement contracts, and the value of team franchises hang in the balance." Global Gaming Crackdown: How governments from Beijing to the Beltway could shackle your freedom By Chris Suellentrop