UPDATE (21 October 2013): I added one paragraph in the end of the article with another adverse implication of the new ToS – Many thanks to Exotix (Inara Pey).
In August, shortly after the acquisition of digital distribution service Desura, LL changed Second Life’s Terms of Service. About a month later, the changes in Section 2.3 of SL’s ToS were picked up by the community, leading to heated discussions everywhere (such as the forums). On Thursday, I presented a long post covering as many aspects of this matter as possible. I believe now is the time to break things down, in order to cover each particular topic. This is an important issue and, if we are to offer something constructive to the community, we must first understand the real impact of these changes. First, let’s have a look at them, as documented by ON SL:
Section 2 became largely a revision of Section 7
This means, in short, that the old Section 7 has now been incorporated into the new Section 2. More specifically:
- The new Section 2.1 incorporates the old Section 7.6
- The new Section 2.2 incorporates the old Section 7.7
- The new Section 2.3 incorporates the old Section 7.1 and Section 7.2
- The new Section 2.4 incorporates the old Section 7.3
- The new Section 2.5 incorporates the old Section 7.4
- The new Section 2.6 incorporates the old Section 7.5
- The new Section 2.7 incorporates the old Section 7.6, Section 7.7, and Section 7.8
Of the entire Section 2, it is 2.3 that sees the most significant changes from the wording of its counterparts in the old Section 7. Other parts of Section 2 have changed as well, but these changes are minor and don’t point to any change in Linden Lab’s policy.