Linden's Revised ToS for SL Still Troubled, Says RL Lawyer
Though Linden Lab amended its controversial Terms of Service which made draconian claims over SL-created content, real life lawyer and SL Bar Association member Agenda Faromet says the changes merely muddy the situation. Writing on the blog of her alt, Vaki, Agenda has a detailed analysis, and gives the TL;DR version too:
Really, not much has changed as of today. We have a poorly-written, overly broad ToS without much in the way of limitations, and we have a whole lot of reassurances from LL that don’t mean a lot (other than serving as an indication that their legal department is apparently not very good at translating the company’s intentions into legal terms)... It took LL a year to come up with this much. I don’t have high hopes on getting a revision any time soon.
Read the rest here. I don't have high hopes another revision will come, but perhaps not for the reasons Agenda has:
To achieve real change, Second Life users must substantially demonstrate through their behavior that this Terms of Service clause has negatively impacted their usage of SL. Since this controversy began, there not been a noticeable drop in the amount of Second Life content created, bought, and sold, let alone any dip in actual usage of Second Life. Having worked at Linden Lab, I can confirm the company has extremely powerful tools for tracking Linden dollar transactions on a minute level. If the company saw any downward trend noticeably happening around this controversy, it's safe to assume they would have addressed it more thoroughly, and a lot sooner than they did. On the social side, a few dozen or maybe even a few hundred SLers have expressed a lot of concern over this issue, but the overall data tells a different story. Far as I can tell, it's caused nothing like the first CopyBot protest of 2006 or the Open Spaces freak out in 2008.
Hopefully it's obvious I'm not saying this as a way of diminishing any of Agenda's concerns (which are quite valid).
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