History

Within the last few years of the 2000s, a number of science fiction role playing groups had been created on Second Life that featured weaponry and the ability to take damage. The problem was that they were creating items based upon copyrighted material. Beginning in 2010, Linden Lab began cracking down on those using copyrighted material that was not their own. Both CBS/Paramount and NBC/Universal filed copyright complaints against Linden Lab over the content on Second Life. The complaints from CBS, the owners of Star Trek, and NBC, the owners of Battlestar Galactica, gave Linden Lab a reason to remove materials on Second Life that violated any of those companies’ copyrights. After months of negotiation between the companies and Anthony Haslage of the International Federation of Trekkers, the official Gene Roddenberry fan club, it was agreed that CBS and NBC would no longer pursue copyright complaints unless they find materials based upon their copyrights were being sold. The science fiction community never fully recovered.

A year later both the Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars communities on Second Life imploded. The Battlestar groups could blame it on the demoralization caused by the Linden’s actions in defense of the NBC copyright. However, the Star Wars groups had a collapse of diplomacy within their Galactic Senate. That in turned caused some groups to fold because they heavily relied on a common player-base to sustain themselves.

After the reinitialization of the United Federation of Planets in 2011, more than Star Trek groups saw an interest in unifying together for a common good. That is where we are today.