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Real Life FBI Intrudes on Second Life Gambling

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Linden Labs, the parent company of the Second Life virtual world announced a ban on gambling following an FBI investigation.

While Linden Lab does not offer an online gambling service, Linden Lab and Second Life Residents must comply with state and federal laws applicable to regulated online gambling, even when both operators and players of the games reside outside of the US.

Virtual reality is raising some interesting jurisdictional issues. See also, Do We Need a Virtual Gaming Commission?, Talking About Forced Sex of Avatars = Crime?, Where Real Money Meets Virtual Reality, The Jury Is Still Out.

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