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

Rob Nelson nexisentertainment at gmail.com
Thu Apr 15 15:27:34 PDT 2010


The TPV has no differentiation between source code and binary.  The GPL
requires sourcecode distribution anyway.  He's in the wrong and I
suspect he knows it.

Also, to be quite frank, contracts that are designed to be displayed
whenever the user logs into a service should be written so it is clear
to the *user* what their responsibilities and restrictions are.  If you
want to have a "legalese" version, it should be attached as a "more
detailed" link for the lawyers to look at.  No one is going to hire a
lawyer just to look at an e-document every damn time they sign into a
bloody game.  

Fred Rookstown

On Thu, 2010-04-15 at 18:12 -0400, Michael Daniel wrote:
> VR Hacks wrote:
> >> I mean you can't legally be held liable for users who refuse to follow a 
> >> contract they made with you, can you?
> >>     
> >
> > Sure you can. After all, if you write malicious code, you know you're doing 
> > it. 
> I stand corrected, then.  I wasn't really talking about malicious code, 
> though.  I was just talking about protection from the worst-case 
> scenario where a client has an unintended bug in it that causes rolling 
> restarts, then LL comes after the 3rd party dev for damages.  I meant to 
> talk about incompetent coders, not malicious coders (I know that none of 
> the coders on this mailing list fit either description, but it's still 
> something to think about).  Even LL sidesteps liability for damages done 
> by the official viewer, so why shouldn't 3rd party devs try to do the 
> same thing?
> 
> On a different subject:  Is Fractured Crystal correct in the following 
> video when he says that he is not breaking TOS with the Onyx viewer 
> because he only distributes the source code and not the binaries of it?
> 
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRbV9SIbdCA&feature=player_embedded 
> <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRbV9SIbdCA&feature=player_embedded>
> 
> Thanks,
> ~Bubblesort Triskaidekaphobia
> 
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