Incredible response to Linden-VAT/Lauk’s Nest post

As I type, yesterday’s post “Linden’s VAT bombshell hits the SL art world” has had 300 page views. That is BY FAR the biggest reader response to any post since the Second Arts blog was created.

Response has gone further than just reading, though, as the comments following the entry are not only strong in number but also in quality. The insights that the post generated offer some notions on how to preserve Lauk’s Nest – also offering insights on how Linden Lab handled the public notification of their new policy on the European Union’s Value Added Tax. Let’s review and see what the Second Arts community of readers had to say:

Nils Ophelia more or less suggests playing the hand that we are dealt:

There is no VAT on transactions between avatars. The future is i think that americans can own the land and we europeans then can rent it. Thats what we do now we are selling all land we have in SL. For us its going to be much cheaper to just rent the land we need for our different projects.

Duckling Kwak suggests that we petition Linden Lab to step up and assume ownership of Lauk’s Nest:

LL could take over the land, putting action into Rosedale’s words – a perfectly consistent thing to do from a business point of view. It costs them “nothing” to do this (technically, there is a cost, but it is infinitesimally small compared to all other land-related LL costs, a rounding error in their financials).

LL has an opportunity to silence this entire blog AND generate some good will amongst the population that cares about this AND demonstrate consistency in its public statements. Even if it only pleases five people, those five people will no longer badmouth SL or go to the newspapers or “make waves.”

I would suggest that a petition be started asking LL to take action. Author the petition underscoring that Rosedale himself believes that Lauk’s Nest should be preserved and tie that dot with the fallout of the VAT announcement. If LL do nothing, well, that’s another loud message to which we ought to pay attention.

Taff Nouvelle suggests support ticket requests to Linden Lab:

I have sent a support ticket in to SL stating…

In the UK, the price marked at the till is the price payable, to add extras is against the law. please remove VAT charges from my account untill you comply with the law in this respect.

Gary Kohime offers an impassioned letter to Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale. Rather than try to quote it, I’ll just suggest you click on the link.

Artemisia wonders if cultural institutions should be exempt from VAT. Is this really the case in Europe?

I think all non commercials sims hav’not to pay the TVA
It’s the same like french cinema taxes

Ken Walters offered perhaps the most extreme solution – which, while creative, doesn’t do anything to help save Lauk’s Nest:

I’ve downloaded a copy of HiPiHi [link added], I haven’t looked at it yet but if its not much good then maybe the skilled people in SL should migrate across and improve it.

Yes its run out of China,and there may be some issues there but can you see the EU bullying or conniving with the EU? I doubt it.

(On a side note, this comment led me to check out the HiPiHi system. It’s in beta phase right now. Perhaps I’ll apply for a beta account….)

Perhaps the most intriguing is the comment by Lukas Mensing himself. Does anyone have additional information on this?

Actually, Linden Lab can help saving Lauks Nest. There is a program, obviously hidden -impossible to find information about it on their website – for non commercial cultural places on SL.

Lastly, Bettina Tizzy offers up some well-considered advice for the customer relations team at Linden Lab:

Linden Labs… we are your citizens. Look after us and please govern us with consideration and treat us as thinking and fairly informed people.

Amen to that. Now – what about Lauk’s Nest? What should we do to try to save it?

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