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6-29-2010 @ 7:20PM
@(cutaia) I hate to jump in with the "I'm a lawyer in real life" argument, but I am, so here it is: You are having a hard time understanding the article because it is legally incorrect. There is absolutely no legal authority to support this being an income tax. Blizzard will, of course, also insert some contract language in the TOS which stated that gold has no intrinsic value, is for entertainment only, etc. It's probably already in there, but I don't like reading boilerplate contracts anymore than a non-lawyer. It would be no different from buying a shiny e-horse for $25.If Blizzard allowed you to change your gold to currency, and Blizzard was sending you a check for US funds for turning in gold (lol at that ever happening) then, yes, you would have issues, especially in Europe with the VAT. It would be similar issues to what Second Life constantly goes through (fraud, etc.), but on a broader scale, and even they have eluded an outright slapping of illegality by the courts. The most obvious issue which I didn't see in the article is that not selling gold forces people to actually play the game, and pay $15 a month to do it.
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