On Tuesday 1st March Linden Lab announced that they are building in-depth community pages that will “live directly on the Second Life website” showcasing and celebrating “meaningful experiences that strengthen the social fabric of Second Life”. The new community pages will feature photos, videos, stories, quotes and more from the Second Life community.
We’re excited to announce our new initiative! We’ve begun building in-depth community pages that will live directly on the Second Life website. Each of these pages will celebrate Residents in all different communities, and showcase the meaningful experiences that strengthen the social fabric of Second Life. This will include stories, quotes, photos, videos, and more — all directly from Second Life Residents.
View the first new community page here called Black Culture in Second Life. The lab plans on sharing more community pages very soon. These community pages will be “extensive resources by and for each community” which sounds interesting and I’m sure they will become more popular over time.
I think this sounds like a good new initiative and will hopefully become a huge resource for helping people learn/connect within Second Life. We will have to wait and see what new community pages the lab will add next.
What community pages would you like to see added ?
On Monday 28th February 2022 Linden Lab officially announced that starting 31st March 2022 they would begin charging sales tax in the U.S. In the mean time the lab says “we will charge taxes only on recurring billings, such as premium subscriptions and land fees. The amount of tax charged will be communicated clearly in the receipt or invoice”. There will be another announcement in the near future when the lab will need to start passing taxes on to you.
The reason for this move was because of “the Wayfair Sales Tax case decision by the Supreme Court was when prior rules about sales tax really changed. Since then, we have done our best to shield our residents from these taxes as long as possible, but we are no longer able to absorb them”.
The lab has said that they don’t sharing news like this but for the health of the business the lab can no longer continue “absorbing these tax burdens”.
The blog post in full reads this..
Ever since Second Life’s inception two decades ago we have seen many local, state and federal governments impose new ways to collect tax revenue from internet-based businesses. The Wayfair Sales Tax case decision by the Supreme Court was when prior rules about sales tax really changed. Since then, we have done our best to shield our residents from these taxes as long as possible, but we are no longer able to absorb them.
As of March 31, 2022 we will begin charging sales tax in the U.S. For the time being we will charge taxes only on recurring billings, such as premium subscriptions and land fees. The amount of tax charged will be communicated clearly in the receipt or invoice.
We will continue to absorb the taxes at point-of-sale purchases such as one-time L$ buys, first-time premium subscriptions, and name changes. At some point in the future we will need to begin passing those taxes on to you. We will make another announcement when those charges are phased in.
Your individual charges will be determined by your local jurisdictions. There are more than 13,000 sales and use tax jurisdictions in the United States, with great variation in their rules and tax rates. Tax amounts are also affected by other factors such as the type of goods or services being purchased. To determine the charges, we will be relying on an automated third-party system which closely tracks local tax laws, so the tax amounts are always up to date.
This is news we don’t enjoy sharing, but for the health of the business and of Second Life, we can no longer continue absorbing these tax burdens.
Thank you for your understanding and your continued support of Second Life.