"...Cited by the group was theft of thousands of dollars worth of
group-funded lands by a renegade officer... Elf Clan is not the only group
to complain about theft of group-funded lands... land and other disputes
should be resolved via normal venues (ie, breach of contract lawsuits or
arbitration), yet logistics... and the high cost of such actions makes such
option(s) unfeasible. To this date... no solution to land thefts, and...
[no] provision for groups to own land...
The same time period brought strong criticism against Linden Lab for their
allegedly catering to big business and ignoring the people and groups who
had helped them build the system. Such criticism increased dramatically when
Linden Lab in anticipation of corporate investments increased first year
costs of private virtual islands by some 32% and monthly land rentals by
50%, making it difficult for hobbyist users to afford such fees (total first
year cost for a '16 acre' piece of virtual ground is US$1,650 setup fee and
US$295 a month... a total first year cost of $4,895)."