[opensource-dev] Third party viewer policy

Henri Beauchamp sldev at free.fr
Thu Feb 25 01:54:13 PST 2010

On Thu, 25 Feb 2010 12:55:29 +1100, Darmath wrote:

> Marine Kelley wrote:
> > Besides I don't see why on Earth any RL info should be disclosed to 
> > everyone in the open, it is nobody's business except LL's who is 
> > making and publishing third party viewers to connect to their grid. To 
> > me the average developer of a third party viewer should be allowed to 
> > remain anonymous, since the real griefers are never going to publish 
> > their data anyway. And since a viewer developer cannot be held 
> > responsible for the use of their viewer (despite what the policy 
> > implies), this is a moot point.
> I disagree. It's actually the business of the user of the client who the 
> relevant developer is.

Because you can actually know who are *all* the real persons behind *any*
Open Source project ?... You know, people do use pseudonyms a lot, on
Internet... Anyway, no where in the GPL will you find that a developper
*must* disclose their true identity.

SL raises a further concern for developpers: as an adult role-playing
game (yes, I know, some people think SL is not game, but it is for many),
being able to put a real name behind an avatar means that you can discover
the most intimate kinks of a real person. This would be a huge, unacceptable
breach in this person's privacy.


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