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Posted: Feb 22nd 2009 9:10AM (Unverified) said

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if I ever spot someone failing to comply with those guidelines, I would first try to talk with the person/organization to give them an opportunity to fix things before thinking about ratting them out, we need more people making third party clients, not less (IMO)

Posted: Feb 23rd 2009 1:00AM (Unverified) said

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I think part of the problem is that Linden Labs doesn't apply (or even look at) many of the patches that are sent to them to begin with. It drives people to try and fix the problems themselves, but ends up going into some legal territory.

Posted: Feb 23rd 2009 8:05AM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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Many are submitted by Heny and the like who will not sign the release form for whatever reason.

Not speaking ill of Henry or the Lindens mind you. Just stating that unless you agree they own your work they will not publish the patch.
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Posted: Feb 24th 2009 5:13AM (Unverified) said

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There is no problem at all making your own viewer and following the easy GPL licence. This is about the people that choose to make changes and keep them secret.

/ Balp
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Posted: Mar 19th 2009 10:31AM (Unverified) said

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"Linden Lab is the only party that can do more than apply limited verbal or social pressure for compliance. "

Nope, any developer who has ever contributed code can sue. The contrib agreement leaves the contributor with the rights to enforce copyright violations.

Posted: Mar 19th 2009 9:13AM (Unverified) said

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My mistake. I thought the contributor agreements assigned all copyrights to the Lab. But then, I've never actually seen one of them, myself.
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Posted: Mar 19th 2009 10:31AM (Unverified) said

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Here you go, for reference:

http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Project:Contribution_Agreement

You hereby assign to Linden Lab joint ownership...

Both You and Linden Lab shall be able to do all such things in relation to Your Contribution as if each were respectively the sole owners of the copyright.

Posted: Mar 19th 2009 9:18PM (Unverified) said

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Just before we ran this, Linden Lab confirmed for us that they were the sole copyright holder for the code - I imagine it was a misunderstanding.
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