Friday, November 22, 2013

2012 HELP: IPRIGHTS: The Catch 22 of Linden Lab's new Terms of Service

The Catch 22 of Linden Lab's new Terms of Service
Intellectual property rights and how the Terms of Service trap them.
  • You are a content creator
  • You actually read the terms of service
  • You see that accepting the TOS gives LL a license to sell your creations 
  • Without paying you, without crediting you, without even telling you
  • You don't like that
  • You don't accept the TOS
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  • You want to delete your creations and close your account
  • But you can't delete your things 
  • Not without going inworld
  • Not without accepting the TOS 
  • Not without giving LL a license to sell your creations
  • Catch 22
  • The TOS takes effect immediately, when you accept it
  • That TOS rule comes from a previous change in the TOS
  • The TOS used to have a 30 day delay before it took effect
  • And the new TOS seems to apply retroactively to existing content 
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