My take on all this…
When the Lab’s blog post was announced on Plurk with a fair bit of enthusiasm by the first users who spoke about it, I was cautious. I didn’t really expect the Lab to do anything w.r.t. the ToS anytime soon, despite Ebbe’s reassurances. So, I read the first comments… And then the announcement. Reading the announcement nearly had me saying “well, it’s about time”. And then I logged in and read the “revised” Section 2.3. That was when I realised that:
- Those who welcomed the announcement with enthusiasm had simply not read or compared the two versions of Section 2.3. I guess they’re in for a rather unpleasant surprise. People, before you express an opinion on something, please, pretty sodding please, READ IT FIRST.
- The Lab didn’t bother to address any of the well-documented and very real concerns regarding the complete lack of limitations to the rights it demands. Personally, I’m not particularly bothered by having stuff I shared with others remain in-world as long as SL exists, and I don’t care much what people do with the stuff I’ve given them with copy/modify permissions. What the hell, when I set the permissions to copy/mod/no transfer, I’m very much aware that I might not agree with what they’ll do to the object(s) I gave them. But it’s theirs now, and it’s not my place to tell them what to do with it, as long as it makes them happy.
- The Lab “addressed” only a matter that dominated the discussions because of the prokanoid screaming and yelling. In fact, it didn’t really address it, and it’s a non-issue, as it’s more-or-less covered by Section 2.4. Not to mention that SL content is practically worthless outside of SL and OpenSim. This is precisely why I’ve gone on record for saying that the SL user base got what it asked for, and deserved.
To me, these (non-)changes are a terrible disappointment, and – I’ll say it again – they’re insulting to all those people who worked hard to help Linden Lab. They’re a slap in these people’s faces, and there’s really no polite way to say it: Much of what the Lab’s announcement says is downright false. The Lab now has even more work to do to rebuild people’s trust.
- Revisiting the announcements of CGTextures and Renderosity re: LL’s new ToS (this blog)
- Updates to Section 2.3 of the Terms of Service – Second Life Official Blog
- Linden Lab amends Section 2 of its ToS (this blog)
- Section 2 of Linden Lab’s ToS: Version Comparison – Google document by yours truly
- Linden Lab whiffs the ToS again – by Vaki Zenovka
- Why LL and other virtual world providers need you to licence your content to them (this blog)
- Terms of Service | Linden Lab (Section 2)
- ToS in-world meeting, September 29th: a personal perspective – by Inara Pey
- Coverage of ToS-related issues on this blog
- ToS-related articles by Inara Pey