U.D.I. Second life is a personal group within Second Life created to embody an idea which was valid when the group was created and even more so now as Second Life is becoming what it truly is a social web site.
It is a personal group of mine which is meant to start a proper discussion of the future of Second Life which includes the Linden’s Governance of Second Life and which, if any, real world laws apply to Second Life.
All this is because I am very passionate about Second Life as it has added so much to my Real Life and I would like it to continue and grow.
The following is the group’s original charter for the Second Life group called U.D.I. Second Life as of February 2008:
Question: Why the striking name and symbol for the group?
Answer: To get the attention of the residents of the virtual world of Second Life.
This is a serious group whose sole purpose is to spark off a discussion about Second Life as a virtual world and as a separate entity to the real world.
The idea of this group was formed because of the recent moves by Linden Labs in enforcing the American Gambling laws on all residents of Second Life and the VAT on land costs of the European residents.
Myself, along with others in Second Life believe it is wrong to enforce these laws as they apply to the real world countries alone. Also it is fundamentally wrong for the Linden Labs to enforce real life laws within Second Life itself being that it is a world-wide entity and therefore a country in its own right.
It is time that we (the residents) start a serious discussion about Second Life as a virtual world and how we want to mould its future, for example which laws apply and who runs Second Life, especially now it is going open source and the such.
Initially this group is to act as a rallying group for those who want to do something about issues including the following:
1. The Linden Labs enforcement of the American gambling laws on all residents of Second Life.
2. The Linden Labs charging VAT on land prices on European residents of Second Life.
3. The charges made on land tiers for American residents as the finance is dealt with in the UK.
Please note that this group is only for those who want to start a serious discussion and not for terrorists, griefers and people who want to bring down the Linden Labs, those who do should go elsewhere.
The group was originally created because of Linden Labs banning Gambling within Second Life which originally thought to be because of the US Government’s Internet Gambling Laws but subsequently it has been found it was more to do with the pressure brought on Linden Labs by such companies like Pay Pal who were not happy about gambling within Second Life.
This group’s idea is still relevant now as it was then as finally Second Life is blossoming into what it should have been in the first place a Social Web Site and real virtual community which touches the so called real world.
If anything it’s relevance has increased as Second Life nature has changed especially now people within Second Life are making a real life living within Second Life and creating a real community based around Second Life itself. It is quickly becoming more important that Second Life residents and Linden Labs both start to talk seriously about the future of Second Life including Laws and how Second Life’s community needs to develop in the future.
Second Life needs to develop from within as its nature changes and serious thoughts should be put how Second Life society should develop and this group’s idea is to start such discussions. A failure not to discuss such now my spell the end of Second Life and it’s community before it has a chance to develop into full blown real community and even an economy.
Plus such discussions should be done by both Linden Labs and Second Life residents themselves before external agencies including real life governments enforce unwanted and inappropriate laws onto Second Life which will prove damaging to Second Life and it’s future development.
At some point in the future I will get around to rewriting the group’s charter so it is more relevant to the current situation within Second Life itself but as always real life sticks it oars in and takes up a lot of my time when it should not.
Please note: If want to see my second life journal then go to the Journal of a Spectral Traveller.