I've been deeply skeptical over recent rumors and half-coherent speculations that the Australian government plans to imminently ban Second Life from that country. After just receiving word from a Linden Lab spokesperson, I'm inclined to permanently file it in the nonsense bin:
"Linden Lab has received no indications from the Australian government that it plans to block Second Life and will keep our community apprised of any developments on that front," the Linden message reads. "In the meantime, we want to assure Australian Residents that Second Life remains accessible and functioning in your region."
This is not all that surprising: there's a number of Australian organizations, including several universities, with an official presence in Second Life, there's been several SL-based fundraisers to benefit various Australian non-profit causes (like this one), and coming soon, a feature film starring several of Australia's top actors which depicts Second Life in a positive/neutral manner, all helping to make it unlikely Second Life would thoughtlessly get classified without any further debate as a mere video game to be regulated under the country's existing laws. What is surprising (and disappointing) is how quickly and how far this rumor has spread already.
Image credit: Roadshow Films, from the upcoming Beautiful Kate, dialog embellished by Hamlet.
* Roughly translated (according to this Australian slang dictionary): "I am quite surprised to learn the information about Second Life censorship is cursed nonsense."