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

Gareth Nelson gareth at litesim.com
Sun Aug 24 18:27:37 PDT 2008

That was precisely my point, a computer can't parse a license
expressed as natural language (at least this side of the singularity
;)), but it can parse single flags.

As for whether it actually enforces anything: no, it doesn't at all.
However, it would be nice to have a much clearer way to determine
author intent which automated tools can use. I still haven't contacted
the person who made my glorious flexiprim hair to confirm whether I
can export it, and a simple flag would make this task much easier.
(The flexiprim hair is of course but one thing i'd dearly love to

On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 2:05 AM, Jason Giglio <gigstaggart at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> There is no possible way for a computer to correctly enforce something
> as complex as a copyright license and the nuances of fair use, even if
> DRM did work.
> The human brain is a much better tool for doing that, and should be used
> instead of computers.
> -Jason

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