Why does Second Life/Linden Lab need full rights to all your images submitted to the Second Life Official group on Flickr? I submitted a few photos to this group, hoping for a chance to be picked as the Photo of The Day, but I removed all of them after reading the terms & agreements page.
About Second Life Official
Submit your Second Life images for a chance at Second Life Pic of the Day as well as share your Second Life images and photos with other Second Life communities.
By submitting your photos or other materials to our Flickr feed you acknowledge and agree to the following terms:
By submitting my photos or other materials to the Flickr feed of Linden Research, Inc. (the “Company”) I agree to participate in the Photo of The Day program (the “Program”). As a participant of the Program I hereby grant a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to the Company to the images, snapshots, screenshots, photos and other materials I submit to the Program. Further, I understand that I have no right to any royalties or other compensation in connection with the rights granted above and waive any and all claims based on any such rights.
I have read the above release and waiver and fully understand the content thereof.
If you would like your photo(s) to be considered for use as a “Photo of the Day,” please select the “Attribution” or “Share Alike” license in Flickr menu then submit the photo to the Second Life Official Flickr feed.
If you do not agree to the terms above, please do not submit your photos to our feed.
Yup, that’s why I never submit anything to that group.
I felt the same way, by adding pictures to the pool it should be enough, because if their rules were to state that they would be used for that and only that, then we would be granting enough permission to add them. But with the rules that they have as they are now, it would be opening up our images to anyone to use in any way they wish too.
Thanks for the post on that 🙂
thank you for bringing my attention to it! i wasn’t even aware of it until you told me 🙂
No, the way the rules are stated currently does NOT “open up [y]our images to anyone to use in any way they wish to[o].” It very specifically states that only Linden Labs can use the photos as they wish.
” I hereby grant a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license TO THE COMPANY to the images, snapshots…” etc.
You keep the rights to the photos, it just gives LL the ability to use them as they wish and denies you the right to ask for compensation or royalties in return for their use.
Oh really? Thanks for clarifying!
The problem lies in this specific section:
“If you would like your photo(s) to be considered for use as a “Photo of the Day,” please select the “Attribution” or “Share Alike” license in Flickr menu then submit the photo to the Second Life Official Flickr feed.”
The way I understand it is that if you submit to the group without selecting the license in the flickr menu as stated above, then your image will not be considered for Photo of the Day. I’m sure I’m right when I say that Photo of the Day is the reason why most people are submitting to this particular group in the first place, since there is already another popular Second Life flickr group that has been operating for years.
That flickr menu selection is what opens people up to the risk that Sasy was talking about.
I realize Linden Lab probably included this requirement to protect themselves. SL photographers need to think about whether they’re willing to accept the risk.
I don’t see the problem? All this states is that if you post images to that group, LL can use them for anything they like and you can’t ask for money in return. You still keep the rights to the photos, but you grant LL permission to use them however they like. Nobody else can use them, just LL. Why is that bad?