Following last week’s meeting between Joe (Miller) Linden and some third-party viewer devs, it appear that concerns have now been addressed.
At the heart of last week’s meeting were concerns over the wording of Clauses 7a and 7d, both of which related to liability, and which have now been re-worded, vis:
Original: You are responsible for all uses you make of Third-Party Viewers. If you are a Developer, you are responsible for all features, functionality, code, and content of Third-Party Viewers that you develop or distribute.
Update: You are responsible for all uses you make of Third-Party Viewers.
Original: You assume all risks, expenses, and defects of any Third-Party Viewers that you use, develop, or distribute. Linden Lab shall not be responsible or liable for any Third-Party Viewers.
Update: You assume all risks, expenses, and defects of any Third-Party Viewers that you use. Linden Lab shall not be responsible or liable for any Third-Party Viewers
Both re-wordings seem fair and concise and do not rob the TPVP of any teeth.
Elsewhere, LL has further reinforced their position that that are not in any way attempting to infringe upon the GPL (possibly for those who missed the various statements at the top of TPVP), by adding a new Clause 8f: Nothing in this Policy is intended to modify the terms of the GPL.
All of this should go a long way to reassuring TPV devs that Linden Lab isn’t out to “shut them down” as well as alleviating tensions. Doubtless, some still won’t be satisfied – but that is their choice rather than anything to do with LL trying to hound them out of the playground. The full TPVP can still be read here.