[opensource-dev] opensource-dev Digest, Vol 3, Issue 40

Daniel 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 
or distribute."
" 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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