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

Lawson English lenglish5 at cox.net
Sun Aug 24 11:46:51 PDT 2008

Gareth Nelson wrote:
> Here's the thing: A human-readable URL is precisely that - human
> readable. But a flag is machine-readable, and thus gives a means to
> automate checking in tools for cross-grid transfer. I know that this
> would be incredibly useful for my own efforts at least, as my current
> approach is basically "IM creator with bot, ask consent with a yes/no,
> upon yes complete export" and this does not scale very well.

I absolutely agree, and I susptect that most Lindens involved in the 
technical side do as well.

But that's the issue: they aren't setting policy, so to even react 
favorably in public to such a scheme implies that it is
what LL policy will look like.

Zero said on the Metanomics interview a few weeks ago that there has 
been enough discussion tin the past year exploring the technical, legal, 
economic, social, etc ramifications of open grid permissions that they 
can now start a discussion about the specifics of what LL should do and 
what a more universal protocol for permissions should look like in order 
to accommodate LL's needs and the needs of a large subset of the other 
models for intellectual property permissions that other virtual worlds 
might choose to use instead.



"MARK LENTCZNER: From Linden’s end, we intend, in the same way in which 
I have been holding open office hours for the last year, on the 
technical side of it, to begin to hold a series of forum and a series of 
conduits for information from people. I’ve been working with some other 
people inside the community group, inside Linden Lab, to begin to set 
those up. I know it might have felt like this was a technocracy where we 
started, but do recognize there was a tremendous amount of technical 
framework that had to get laid down before we could even get to the 
point of actually having a rational discussion about what the options 
were, and we are now approximately at that point.
I expect this fall for those forums to begin to open up and to become 
available, at least ones that Linden will hold, in the same way that 
Linden started the technical forum, the AWG in my office hours. We 
highly encourage, just like the AWG existed, that other groups also form 
forums in which these things can be discussed and looked at.
The one thing I will put forth is, remember for us to think about this 
as a discussion. This is something that needs to be looked at. It isn’t 
a debate. There aren’t two sides. We need to look at and discuss and 
explore how to go about doing this as Virtual Worlds grow, and that’s 
what we want to have. On the one hand, is involving discussion, and I 
think that’s what we’re going to have to help facilitate."


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