Linden Lab ToS Survey Results: Majority of Respondents Have Stopped Created/Selling Second Life Content
Here's the results to last week's survey of Second Life users on New World Notes regarding Linden Lab's new Terms of Service, which claims rights over "all or any portion of your User Content (and derivative works thereof), for any purpose whatsoever in all formats". With 266 responses, a relative majority (45%) said the ToS has caused them to stop created or selling SL content. Personally I'm pretty surprised by these results, because they suggest concern over the ToS which is actually affecting user behavior. Often, a Linden Lab policy change causes drama and protest, but has little impact on activity. Apparently not so in this case.
Also worth noting: Some of the 12% of respondents who chose "Other" also basically belong in the"stopped created/selling" category:
"I have not stopped selling," one of the "Other" respondents, Darrius Gothly, explained. "The selection of products that was available before the revised ToS is the same selection available now. However I have stopped uploading new content, stopped a project that was underway, and diverted my creative efforts toward another platform. Until such time as Linden Lab revises the ToS to limit their rights to use solely for the operation of the SL Platform, my new behavior will not change."
A couple weeks ago, I asked Linden Lab if they planned to change the wording of their ToS to reassure SL content creators, and have not received a reply.
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