[opensource-dev] Third party viewer policy

Morgaine morgaine.dinova at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 24 22:55:41 PST 2010

That's good to hear, Soft, thanks.

Please also make Legal aware of the impact of GPLv2's "NO WARRANTY" section
to avoid yet another cause of GPL non-compliance through imposing conditions
and liabilities on developers.  I've listed it
on from Boy Lane's good points about liability.

Apparently a large amount of the confusion you mentioned is due to the TPV
being addressed to developers and users *simultaneously*, as one Linden
suggested today.  Clearly this mixing doesn't work, and is the reason for
multiple areas of GPL non-compliance in the TPV.

I hope that a very clear distinction between developers and users is
forthcoming in the next revision and FAQ, so that the GPL can continue to be



On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:12 AM, Soft Linden <soft at lindenlab.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 4:30 PM, Morgaine
> <morgaine.dinova at googlemail.com> wrote:
> > Soft,
> >
> > Please add to your list of issues to pass to Legal, a highlighted copy of
> > Clause 6 in the GPLv2 license, as well as a highlighted copy of the
> section
> > of the GPLv2 FAQ 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 section 1c is dramatically incompatible with GPLv2 clause 6 because
> it
> > conflicts with this part of clause 6 (an extremely important term in all
> > 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."
> 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.
> Legal is aware that there has been confusion on this. There will be an
> update soon, which makes the terms more clear.
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