[opensource-dev] Requesting Linden Response: Please move TPVPTopics to a different mailing list

VR Hacks vrhacks at gmail.com
Thu Apr 15 12:38:09 PDT 2010


Imo, some people fail to see the TPVp for what it is. To wit:

A) Any and all developers who develop a client for connecting to the second 
life grid must adhere to a basic set of rules. To reiterate, the TPV policy 
does not just apply to devs extending the lab's code base. To wit:

"This Policy governs access to Second Life and our technical platform that 
supports Second Life by any Third-Party Viewer, by which we mean any 
third-party software client, regardless of its source code, that logs into 
our servers. This includes software for viewing Second Life, any chat 
clients, utilities, bots, and proxies as well as applications that may not 
be listed in our Viewer Directory." (http://secondlife.com/corporate/tpv.php 
, paragraph two)

In other words, should I decide to write a "from scratch" viewer to access 
the grid, then I must code my viewer such that it adheres to their TPV 
policy.

B) Any developer who develops and/or distributes their viewer is 
"responsible" (please note the operative word, responsible) for whatever 
code they've implemented. In other words, it is up to them to a) debug their 
own code, b) write their own EULA, and c) define & implement a user support 
model. Should they choose to do none of the above, that is their choice, as 
well.

Otherwise put, responsible and smart coders will *always* include a EULA 
with their binary distribution (regardless of whether or not it was designed 
to connect to the grid). Why? Because it sets end user expectation. It 
ensures you, as devs, will not end up in a infinite "support for free" loop, 
and importantly, it provides legal protection should your code have a bug 
that you did not catch.

As for the GPL argument. That is moot. Or rather, as Joe so noted, "The TPV 
is orthogonal to the GPL."

That being said and all things considered, imo, the lab has been quite 
magnanimous when it comes to third party viewer devs. After all, they are 
not required to provide "free advertising" via TPV directory that is 
designed to set a bar for inclusion, which in turn reduces the chance that 
the neils of this world will be able to include their viewer, while at the 
same time, increases consumer confidence in the viewers listed in that 
directory. Nor is the lab required to "pardon" people who had been 
previously banned such that same said may participate in the viewer 
directory program.

Angela Talamasca (in-world)
MA Forensic Psychology

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