There’s a quiet tussle going on in some major governments about the taxation of transactions in virtual worlds. The South Koreans, who have a huge number of ‘online world’ citizens, are also looking into the possibilities of taxation. Germany is introducing an internet access tax (disguised as a ‘licence fee’) on Jan 1st 2007. If a government takes such taxes, shouldn’t it at least be for some minimal and vital services provided? I mean; are we going to have government-paid litter-pickers roving around Second Life, in exchange for our taxes? I’d imagine that, as well as taxes, we may also need to think about updating real-world laws to take account of the trading / theft / copyright of virtual products. Real-world courts dealing with ‘virtual’ product issues may actually be worth paying ‘virtual world’ taxes for. But we don’t have them yet.