I don’t think Linden Lab is trying to steal your stuff even though they are claiming the right to do so. I think it’s just the usual incompetence over there. In plain English, they have their collective heads up their collective asses at Linden Lab and anyone who has paid any attention has known this for a long time.
Might I be wrong about their motive? Yes. But it’s all a moot point really. The only thing that should matter to LL right now is that the new TOS has already proven to be one of their most colossal mistakes ever. And, as we all know, that is saying a lot. Whether LL really meant it or not doesn’t matter. Whether they have to fix a mistake or change a policy, all that matters is: they had better do it very soon.
It’s already right up there with any past LL stupidity you’d care to name. For example, I rate it on a par with pushing the educators out the door with their bait and switch on land pricing. A move LL finally had to correct. Too little, too late of course. Second Life will never recover from that fiasco.
LL can repeat history by leaving the TOS as is for the next couple of years until 80-percent of the content creators leave. Then they can close the barn door after it’s too late once again. Then you can add this to the list of things they will never recover from.
While I am aware that steps are being taken by the SL community to bring LL to its senses, anyone who is following the virtual world news and social nets or reading the forums of individual grids is already seeing evidence of creators and residents in related fields moving to other grids and OpenSim right now or taking steps to do so.
This reaction is happening incredibly quickly. Linden Lab does not have time to spare. Each day they are losing individuals and groups of people. Most will be lost to SL forever.
Wake up, Rod. Somebody? HEY! IS THERE ANYBODY OVER THERE WHO CAN DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS? THIS IS SERIOUS! THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY, LL PEOPLE – WE’RE TALKING ABOUT YOUR JOB!
Worth a try.