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Wednesday, May 29, 2013


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"registration is going to be pretty complicated, time-consuming, and require lots of legal help"

Go figure. I'm not poking NWN's cyber-libertarians with a stick here, but this was bound to come to the online paradises. The Feds and their international counterparts will continue regulating these spaces every more tightly.

Don't think they can't. The Wild West era online is ending, and the telecos will be sure to be in compliance and help with the policing.

Wolf Baginski

There's a set-up cost to all this, sure, but all that I have heard on the regulations suggests that quite small businesses have to be registered, and they seem able to cope. Linden Labs are handling over $4 million per month just from tier. They haven't talked about the virtual economy for a long time, but the Land Barons take in L$, convert them to USD, and pay tier. The LindeX is going to have to be at that order of magnitude.

It's not trivial. I can see there being a wider margin between buy and sell on the LindeX. But the impression I get isn't one of a company which cannot afford compliance. The events of the last month suggest a company which hasn't been paying attention to what its own customers have been doing. And that is consistent with what you hear from Merchants in the forums.

Go look at the Marketplace, and you still see items with the wrong pictures. That's been a long-term problem and it suggests they have been running with database corruption for a long time.

As far as business within Second Life goes, they don't look quite competent. The way the TOS is written, they have done more hand-washing than Pontius Pilate ever did. And I cannot entirely escape a sense of guilty pleasure as the US Government appears to be telling them that they're going to have to follow the rules after all.

Ciaran Laval

I'd be surprised if European based business is required to register with FinCEN, whether that will mean Linden Lab remove their right to sell Linden Dollars is a different matter.

Archangel Mortenwold

This is just another way for the big banks to control things even more tightly. The exchanges represented a potential threat to the already obscene profits of Wall Street, so the order got handed down and the U.S. government complied. So now we have less freedom.

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