Exporting stuff, permissions, and licenses (was Re: [sldev] realXtend Global inventory tests successful)

Gordon Wendt GordonWendt at gmail.com
Sun Aug 24 11:08:20 PDT 2008

Sean, for what you're talking about though you'd probably need a third
party (with multiple grids and content coming from each grid no single
grid purveyor can be trusted to hold the keys) not to mention a much
broader and much more reasonable flag and tag system for content for
both permissions but also to make it clear who made it, on which grid,
when, what permissions they put on it (slightly ot: I'd really like at
least some first sale rights to be implemented since the person who's
sold the object has 0 rights now unless the creator gives them which
is illogical) and when those rights were put on the object,  I'd
also like to see a chain of ownership and if any a change of rights
over the history of the object implemented and think that would be
vital for any cross grid transfers as well.

- -G.W.

On Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 1:53 PM, Sean Linden <sean at lindenlab.com> wrote:

> Personally, I think any flag that's not attached to some technological
> protection mechanism will only result in confusion. For this particular
> case, the flag could be "exportable" and it could be used to allow the owner
> to get a cap to be able to download the asset itself directly, perhaps
> translated to some XML export format by a web service. This is just
> speculation of course; I'm not working on anything in this particular area
> (I'm currently testing the new garbage collector -- don't worry we won't
> delete anything until we KNOW it's not referenced).
> For everything not directly attached to some technological protection
> mechanism, it seems like just a URL specifying the license, along with
> concerted efforts to minimize the number of licenses people use, would a
> flexible and universal mechanism to tell people what they're allowed to do
> with stuff. Perhaps there could be a blanket "minimum" license to allow
> distributing stuff in each grid, though I don't know whether such a thing is
> necessary. "Minimum" would mean that if something has the copy flag it
> doesn't matter if the license says they can't have more than one copy; the
> copy flag trumps.
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