[opensource-dev] opensource-dev Digest, Vol 3, Issue 40
danielravennest at gmail.com
Fri Apr 9 17:30:24 PDT 2010
Dirk Moerenhout wrote:
No, the real issue is that some people _THINK_ LL is trying to give TPV
developers legal liabilities. This is about interpretation and not
facts. Unless I missed something LL has never stated anything about
legal liabilities, it's solely based on some peoples personal
interpretation of the TPVP.
If it is badly enough written that people get that idea from reading it,
it should be made clearer. I have read it, and the following sections
can plausibly be read as imposing liability on a developer:
" If you are a Developer, you are responsible for all features,
functionality, code, and content of Third-Party Viewers that you develop
" You assume all risks, expenses, and defects of any Third-Party Viewers
that you use, develop, or distribute"
If the first one was re-written to say "you are responsible for all NEW
features etc that you ADDED to make a Third-Party Viewer, etc" it would
be more clear.
The second one should simply drop "develop or distribute". The GNU GPL
license on LL own page states "6. ...You may not impose any further
restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein."
(in this case, "you" being Linden Research), and further includes the No
paragraphs 11 and 12. Therefore any attempt to impose responsibility,
risks, expenses, etc on a developer appear to conflict with the GPL.
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