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

Soft Linden soft at lindenlab.com
Sat Feb 27 17:45:05 PST 2010

Yes. Removing 1.h will be the biggest change made to the TPV policy.
The rest will be much smaller tweaks.

There wasn't a good, unambiguous way to state the intent of that
provision. There were really two parts to it:

1) SL shouldn't just be used as a blind data conduit. We shouldn't be
footing the bill and responsibility for big file exchanges, gaming
that don't even make it possible to access SL's world, or anything
else fundamentally unrelated to virtual world interaction.

2) Important features shouldn't be removed gratuitously. But that's
difficult to write, since many minimal viewers don't benefit by having
those features, or adding them would create a huge barrier. When it
gets to policing the intent behind a feature's omission, things get
squishy fast.

On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 2:32 AM, Latif Khalifa <latifer at streamgrid.net> wrote:
> Hi Soft, I'm very pleased too see that some of our biggest concerns
> were taken into account. For me especially the FAQ states that
> provision 1.h about "shared experience" is going to be removed, as it
> would be impossible to bring Radegast into compliance with the policy
> if that clause were to stay in it. Kudos!
> Latif
> On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 4:14 AM, Soft Linden <soft at lindenlab.com> wrote:
>> There's now a FAQ for the Linden Lab Policy on Third Party Viewers:
>> http://bit.ly/caedse
>> This addresses many of the questions and concerns made in
>> opensource-dev and elsewhere. An updated version of the TPV doc itself
>> is also coming, but expect this within a couple weeks. Go visit the
>> FAQ, or read on for the TPV doc update details...
>> I know that the member of the legal team who owns the policy doc is
>> still working over the final version. Linden Lab has approached
>> outside legal experts with your feedback, and one of these experts is
>> a lawyer who specializes in open source license compliance issues.
>> Based on these experts' feedback and further internal review, our
>> legal department will incorporate any required changes.
>> In the meantime, while it helps to start making changes now, parts of
>> the policy are not yet in effect. See the tail of the FAQ for dates
>> and the portions affected.
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