Second Life: updates to some purchase notifications

On Friday, July 28th, the Lab blogged about some changes to some purchase notifications. The blog post making the announcement reads in full:

As you may notice, to fulfil legal obligations, we have added a notification in some places when making purchases that clarifies which legal entity you are transacting with, depending on the country associated with your payment method. Tilia Inc. and Tilia Branch UK Ltd are wholly owned subsidiaries of Linden Research, Inc, and this does not affect how you contact or receive support.

We wanted to clarify this to hopefully help those who may have encountered this and were wondering why they saw some updated notifications.

The Marketplace is one of the areas where these changes are visible. When paying the Second Life Cashier (cashier page), a notification is displayed at the foot of the invoice column:

New purchase notification on the Marketplace Cashier page

This change also matches recent updates to the Linden Lab Terms of Service which now reference Tilia Inc and Tilia Branch, as which come into effect on Monday, July 31st (and you may already have been asked to accept the new ToS when logging into Second Life or one of the Lab’s web properties).

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3 thoughts on “Second Life: updates to some purchase notifications

  1. I thought we didn’t buy “items” , ever, merely the transitory use of the pixel image on Linden servers, at their wim. Interesting.

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    1. Howsoever they are looked upon internally by the Lab for the purposes of use within SL, Linden Dollars (or tokens) can still be exchanged for fiat money (LindenX). The SL Marketplace also accepts fiat payments (US $ by default). If nothing else, these raise issues of compliance, etc.

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  2. If I were a US company, even if there were reasons to set up something like this, I would be having a very hard look at the UK, because of Brexit. And, in the current situation. the VAT effects could bite. The EU is taking a hard line over the way that Amazon sits in Luxembourg with a special deal on the VAT on ebooks.

    Second Life is, by international trading standards, a small company. What can London offer in these troubled times?

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