[opensource-dev] Third party viewer policy

Latif Khalifa latifer at streamgrid.net
Wed Feb 24 18:19:04 PST 2010


On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 1:12 AM, Soft Linden <soft at lindenlab.com> wrote:
> Legal doesn't intend this to be a restriction on anything but use of
> our service or eligibility for inclusion in the Viewer Directory.
> Context is important here. Even the maintainers of GNU telnet won't
> let someone use telnet to mess up the FSF's servers.

Soft, nobody is disputing the parts of the policy that are designed to
prevent malicious software that causes harm to the servers it connects
to, or to user data or privacy.

But I fail to see how that relates to the topics that have been raised
in this thread. How does calling an API and a client "Restrained Life
Viewer" become a violation? Is anyone honestly going to confuse
"Second Life" with "Restrained Life Viewer" or to claim that it can be
seen as trademark infringement? RLV has created a whole industry which
I'd argue has helped Linden Lab's business. It has also transcended
it's original purpose, as it is being widely used by people with
disabilities. I have been working closely with the blind users of
Second Life, and have seen some really amazing in world scripted
devices that help the blind users overcome poor accessibility of the
official client.

It's Linden Lab's treatment of open source developers like that which
is causing concern, not it's efforts at preventing harmful software
from disrupting the grid.


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