[opensource-dev] FAQ posted for Third Party Viewer Policy

Morgaine morgaine.dinova at googlemail.com
Sat Feb 27 12:02:02 PST 2010

Fleep, you give an excellent example highlighting the needs of Education in
this area.

Given the huge interest in educational content both in SL and in
Opensim-based grids such as Science Sim, this is certain to be of major and
growing interest.

Perhaps the FAQ could add a *new* clause FAQ.16 (renumbering the old FAQ.16
and all subsequent ones down) which reads something like this:

   - Q16: Are the rights of open source or open content providers respected?
   - A16: Yes.  To further protect the rights of content creators beyond
   FAQ.15, Linden Lab also respects the wishes of creators who release their
   content under open source or open content licenses to make their content
   freely exportable.  (Typical licenses are GPL, BSD, or Creative Commons.)
   The responsibility for ensuring that such content does not contravene FAQ.15
   rests entirely with the licensor, who must ensure that all parts either
   comply with FAQ.15 or have been released under an open license by their
   respective creators.

That works remarkably well in conjunction with FAQ.15, because 15 covers
everything that is not open content, and so neatly dumps the responsibility
for full compliance in the lap of each licensor in 16.

And I particularly like the word "Yes", and the phrasing "Linden Lab also
respects the wishes of creators who release their content under open source
or open content licenses to make their content freely exportable."  It would
show good intentions directly, and without any fudging.



On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 4:32 PM, Fleep Tuque <fleep513 at gmail.com> wrote:

> (Sending for like the 4th time I hope this one gets through and sorry if
> I've spammed)
> Regarding Morgaine's comments about FAQ 15 - I fully agree that this must
> be the case:
> On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 1:47 AM, Morgaine <morgaine.dinova at googlemail.com>
>  wrote:
>> And finally, FAQ.15 (in the context of licenses permitting free
>> distribution):
>>    - Q15: Do the limitations of section 2.b on content export apply to
>>    content that is full permissions?
>>    - A15: Yes, they do.  Residents retain intellectual property rights in
>>    the content they create in Second Life and it is important for you to
>>    respect those rights.  By setting content to "full permissions" using the
>>    Second Life permissions system, a content creator merely indicates that the
>>    content may be copied, modified, and transferred *within* Second Life.
>>     Setting content to "full permissions" does not provide any permission to
>>    use the content outside of Second Life.
>> This is fine (surprise, surprise :P), but incomplete.  It doesn't address
>> the quite common scenario of full-perm content created by Open Source or
>> Creative Commons developers *using 100% personal textures*, and
>> accompanied by a GPL, BSD, CC or other open source license which declares
>> that the content may be freely copied, modified, and transferred *
>> anywhere*, not only within Second Life.
>> As is written in the answer A15, "Residents retain intellectual property
>> rights in the content they create in Second Life and *it is important for
>> you to respect those rights*."  Respecting their rights in this case
>> requires you to to allow that content to be exported as its creator
>> desires.  Therefore you either need to extend A15 with this additional case,
>> or add another FAQ Q+A (preferably immediately after #15) to address it.
> The free content I create for education is intended to be fully free, fully
> permissioned, and fully exportable to other grids.  Beyond the Second Life
> permissions, I keep hoping for checkboxes on the Edit menu with common
> licenses or a space to put a link to the user's specified license that is
> kept with the object info just like creator name.
> In any case, when I include Creative Commons licensing with my educational
> tools, and explicitly say users have my permission to explore the content to
> other grids, then I expect that to be respected by Linden Lab as well!
> Sincerely,
> - Chris/Fleep
> Chris M. Collins (SL: Fleep Tuque)
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