Category Archives: Linden Lab
Linden Lab have sent a new email response on Wednesday 20th November to Kylie relating to the recent change to the Second Life terms of service. Apparently Linden Lab are still reviewing what can be done currently and it may take some time to come to a final solution/result. It’s just a confirmation that Linden Lab are still evaluating and hopefully we will hear something more encouraging next time.
See the new email response by Linden Lab and follow up by Kylie Sabra below….
Thank you for your group’s letter. As mentioned in my last note, we have been reviewing what changes could be made in light of the concerns expressed by some Second Life content creators. The Terms of Service impact all of our products and services, and the careful process of reviewing, evaluating, and making any revisions does take some time; we greatly appreciate the continued patience of concerned Second Life content creators while we do so as quickly as we can.
3:39 PM November 21st
Thank you, Peter, for your response. We will continue to check in, of course. In cases such as this, silence is not golden. I look forward to hearing from throughout this process.
I’m glad there is positive communications between concerned members/groups of the SL community and Linden Lab PR team. I really do hope this gets sorted out before the end of the year at the latest.
Firestorm have started to block old Firestorm versions this week one by one which will continue for the rest of the week until completed by the Firestorm Team. See the latest block updates below and be prepared to upgrade to the latest version of Firestorm.
The Firestorm team have recently been under pressure from Linden Lab to block older versions and its been in the works for many weeks now. The blocking is needed so that the Firestorm Team can continue to develop Firestorm futher so that everyone has a better inworld experience. By the end of November the Firestorm team will only allow the latest three versions of the Firestorm to access Second Life which makes sense.
Blocked Firestorm versions…
126.96.36.19979 release – 166 users(Blocked Nov 18th, 2013) 188.8.131.5236 release – 881 users(Blocked Nov 19th, 2013) 184.108.40.20680 hotfix release – 571 users(Blocked Nov 20th, 2013) 220.127.116.1182 maintenance release – 606 users(Blocked Nov 20th, 2013) 18.104.22.168000 Beta – 4585 users(Blocked Nov 21st, 2013) 22.214.171.124744 – 3334 users(Blocked Nov 22nd, 2013) 126.96.36.199803 – 60 users(Blocked Nov 22nd, 2013) 188.8.131.52837 – 14,120 users(Blocked Nov 23rd 2013) 184.108.40.206155 – 40,451 users(Blocked Nov 24th 2013)
Last updated: 25th November 2013
Stay updated on the latest news on the official Firestorm blog.
I’m following the news closely relating to changes to the terms of service for Second Life and it appears that the UCCSL group are doing a Critical Vote starting today to send a email to Linden Lab on TOS. The email will be apparently be sent on Monday at some point and this time the hope is for Linden Lab to release more info what happens next. Voting ends on Sunday 3rd November at midnight SLT, so if you are interested then please participate in this critical vote.
- Vote Here < All votes (likes) will be anonymous and every vote is important!
Patch Linden sent out closure group notices on Wednesday 30th October announcing that 12 Teen CL Regions will be going offline on Monday 4th November 2013 which is sad news and shocking indeed. As many know the grids merged back on 21st January 2011 and shortly after two groups were formed so that teens could get access to Teen Only sims. The groups were called Chimp Labs and CL Board which were the main groups to join for 2011 transferred teens. It’s unclear why the lab have decided to shut down the regions at this time.
Group Notice From: Chimp Labs, Patch Linden
We are closing the Teen Chimp Labs regions: cereal killers 1, cereal killers 2, Simian, RothLand, Eudaimonia, Building Blocks, Macaque, Erosion, Emperor Tamarin, Gibbon, Mandrill, and Roloway. Please pick up your objects from these regions, they are going offline on Monday, 4 November 2013.
Here are some snapshots of the regions…
I started a new poll recently called Has Linden Lab Terms of Service affected you? on Sunday 27th October 2013 and since then the poll has received alot of votes with comments. In total so far there have been 108 votes so thanks to everyone that voted in the past few days. More than 60% say that the recent change to Linden Lab Terms of Service has affected them on the grid which suggests this recent update is having a big impact on the SL community for sure. Only 39.81% say that the recent SL TOS update has not not affected in any way so far. Hopefully soon Linden Lab will resolve the concerns and issues.
Question: Has Linden Lab Terms of Service affected you?
- Yes – 60.19% < (65 votes)
- No – 39.81% < (43 votes)
Total Votes: 108
Please vote Yes or No if the latest change in Linden Lab Terms of Service has effected you in anyway in Second Life. This poll open is to all and comments are most welcome.
Thanks for voting and please spread the word. Results will be reviewed and published next week.
- New Update > Designing Worlds announced today that there will be a special recorded show featuring panel guests talking about Linden Lab Terms of Service on Tuesday 29th October 2013. Don’t miss this!!!
SL News Alert
At some point late yesterday night (24th October 2013) Peter Gray who is the Director of Global Communications of Linden Lab sent an email response back to Kylie Sabra regarding the concerns that the UCCSL (United Content Creators of SL ) group have. So far the UCCSL group inworld has 439 members and it’s growing on a weekly basis. This is a quick response from Linden Lab which always good to see happening when issues occur. Hopefully communications will continue in the coming weeks to work something out.
Summary so far:
- It appears that Linden Lab have declined the invite for a meeting inworld with the leaders of the UCCSL group to try to resolve this.
- Linden Lab are now currently reviewing what changes can be made to resolve concerns of content creators in Second Life, specifically protecting content creators intellectual property ownership.
- Linden Lab mentions “as an agent of content creators (such as yourselves), licensed to sell and re-sell such content”.
- Linden Lab are “optimistic” and working hard to provide a “mutually agreeable and beneficial way forward”.
Check out the full email below from Peter Gray…
What do you think about this response and what should happen next ?
New World Notes reports that apparently Philip Rosedale the founder of Second Life left Linden Lab board in early 2013 which is rather interesting. As many know Philip Rosedale officially stepped down as CEO of Linden Lab back in October 2010. Since then Philip Rosedale has been involved with new projects such as: Coffee and Power and now High Fidelity.
Philip Rosedale sends email to Hamlet Au saying…
I left the board around the start of the year [as] I was starting High Fidelity, Philip tells me by e-mail, but on great terms — both Mitch [Kapor] and Linden are both investors in High Fidelity, and I’m still a big shareholder in Linden.
This means that Philip Rosedale can no longer input on future “management decisions, overall direction, or policy formation” for Linden Lab. Check out the Linden Lab leadership page for management roles.
It appears that Linden Lab are sending out beta invites this week to selected members of the SL community to try out a new mobile version of Second Life. The program will need to receive good feedback over the next few months and if it does then I would imagine Linden Lab will announce/release it to the whole SL community sometime in 2014/2015. It’s another step closer!
We’re looking for enthusiastic beta testers to evaluate a version of Second Life designed for mobile devices.
Sound interesting? Then simply…
We’ll email those selected when the program begins and check in periodically over the next couple of months to get their feedback.
This is your opportunity to be among the first to try a new mobile version of Second Life, and we hope you’ll help us to make it a great product with your input.
Thank you for your consideration!
For years I have been hoping for Linden Lab to bring out a official Second Life app on the Apple app store and also on Google Play on Android. Linden Lab does have competition I think with the popular SL/OpenSim Lumiya app running on Android smartphones/tablets.
We will have to see what Linden Lab will come up with and I really hope the new mobile version of Second Life will work out in the long run.
The latest development this week relating to the recent TOS change that Linden Lab made is that The United Content Creators of Second Life group council has sent a letter email to Linden Lab to request a meeting to work things out. The letter has been to sent to Rod Humble and to Peter Gray. Hopefully soon they will respond and they will start to resolve TOS related issues/concerns that the SL community has.
Here is a copy of the letter below…
October 22, 2013
Rod Humble, CEO
Peter Gray, Director, Global Communications
Linden Lab Headquarters
945 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
VIA: Certified Mail, Email & SL Forums
The United Content Creators of Second Life is a group of residents and content creators, in
both the commercial and artistic communities, who share concerns regarding the August, 2013
Terms of Service, specifically Section 2.3. To resolve these issues and concerns, we ask that you
sit down and meet with the UCCSL Council.
Please contact Kylie Sabra in world to set a time.
The UCCSL Council
Kylie Sabra, Council Facilitator
More updates soon.
Qarl Fizz (former Qarl Linden) has announced on his blog on 16th October 2013 that he has deleted his region in Second Life. The main reason for leaving was due to the recent changes that Linden Lab made to the terms of service and that he doesn’t want Linden Lab to steal all of his intellectual property.
Qarl writes about the deformer project in the blog post and mentions that Linden Lab have been completely ignoring requests for information and that the lab can’t find time to review hundred of lines of code or answer emails.
Goodbye Qarl and good luck for the future.
If you are concerned about the recent changes to the Second Life Terms of Service it’s strongly recommended to join the open free group called United Content Creators of SL which was founded on 29th September 2013 by Kylie Sabra . This group is offering a strong approach to recent TOS changes and by working together will hopefully achieve so much.
This group needs backing with alot of support if there is going to be any impact at all.
- Join Now > http://world.secondlife.com/group/d40ad6cf-a8cf-dae3-b762-9d816e519919?lang=en-US
- Search in-world for United Content Creators of SL group and keep up-to-date on the latest developments
So far there are 254 members in the group and it’s growing by the week. This is huge news and this recent TOS change effects so many people/places on the grid. Change has to happen at some point in the near future and hopefully Linden Lab will do something. The best thing is to participate today and spread the word.
This group consists of content creators who want to protect their rights and work for the common good of all content creators in Second Life. By working together we can achieve much. Please invite fellow creators..
CURRENT ISSUE; Linden Labs TOS as affects content creators.
More details visit the United Content Creators of SL group blog site.