[opensource-dev] Third party viewer policy

Morgaine morgaine.dinova at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 24 14:30:52 PST 2010


Soft,

Please add to your list of issues to pass to Legal, a highlighted copy of
Clause 6 in the GPLv2
license<http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0.html>,
as well as a highlighted copy of the section of the GPLv2
FAQ<http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0-faq.html>which
addresses the relevant clause of the license with a clear example of
GPL non-compliance.  [Search for "*impose any further restrictions"* to find
it].

TPV <http://secondlife.com/corporate/tpv.php> section 1c is dramatically
incompatible with GPLv2 clause 6 because it conflicts with this part of
clause 6 (an extremely important term in all GPL licenses), in the specific
case where the "recipient" of the code is the developer:


   - "*You may not impose any further restrictions on the recipients'
   exercise of the rights granted herein.*"


I fear that LL Legal may still not get the point that this has *absolutely
nothing to do with access* to the SL service --- the GPL is not concerned
with that, and the "restrictions" mentioned in clause 6 are unrelated to
service access.  They are concerned exclusively with restrictions on the
developer's freedom to *modify and distribute GPL programs*.  Modification
and distribution of GPL-licensed programs are guaranteed by the GPL to be
free of any restrictions not mentioned in the GPL license.

A party that imposes additional restrictions (or conditions) on the freedom
of a developer to modify and distribute code may not use GPLv2 as their
license.

If LL wishes to continue using the GPL, they will need to remove the
restrictions and conditions that TPV currently imposes on the developer, and
(presumably) replace them by restrictions on access to the service by the
users of the software instead.

It worries me that this key point about the GPL will not get across to
Legal, given that they clearly failed to comprehend the GPL when drafting
TPV.

Please do your best to help them understand this issue.


Morgaine.





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On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 9:21 PM, Soft Linden <soft at lindenlab.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 2:47 PM, Marine Kelley <marinekelley at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > But what I am concerned about is the viewer directory. I see that I need
> to
> > provide my RL info to list my viewer there, and that this RL info would
> then
> > be visible to all for liability.
>
> I'm putting together a list of concerns for more discussion with
> legal; I'll add this to the list.
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