6th September 2013: Terms of Service update, using our images in Second Life is no longer allowed.


What has changed?
From 6 September 2013 you are no longer permitted to add our images to Second Life or other Linden Lab products. The use of textures downloaded prior to this date is allowed.


Why am I no longer allowed to use your images in Second Life?
On the 15th of August 2013, Linden Lab changed their Terms of Use without any announcement or warning. One of the changes is the rights that Linden Lab claims when you upload your work:

2.3 You grant Linden Lab certain licenses to your User Content.

[..]you agree to grant to Linden Lab, the non-exclusive, unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, and cost-free right and license to use, copy, record, distribute, reproduce, disclose, sell, re-sell, sublicense (through multiple levels), modify, display, publicly perform, transmit, publish, broadcast, translate, make derivative works of, and otherwise exploit in any manner whatsoever, all or any portion of your User Content (and derivative works thereof), for any purpose whatsoever in all formats, on or through any media, software, formula, or medium now known or hereafter developed, and with any technology or devices now known or hereafter developed, and to advertise, market, and promote the same. You agree that the license includes the right to copy, analyze and use any of your Content as Linden Lab may deem necessary or desirable for purposes of debugging, testing, or providing support or development services in connection with the Service and future improvements to the Service.[..]

As you can see from the highlighted portions, as soon as you upload any content to Second Life you give Linden Lab unlimited and irrevocable rights to do whatever they want with your work.

The previous Second Life TOS (Terms of Use) was appropriate and reasonable: when you uploaded your work, you gave Linden Lab rights to use it in Second Life and not much more.
With their latest TOS update they go way beyond what is reasonable. We would even go as far as to say it's plain greedy, because they claim any right they could possibly claim and show no respect for you as a user. As soon as you upload your model or texture, they can do literally anything they want with it. In theory their updated TOS gives them the right to take your model and start selling it on 3rd party market places like Turbosquid.com without giving you anything in return.

The CGTextures Terms of Use does not allow resale of our images as 'Textures'. The updated Second Life TOS allows unlimited resale of user generated content. Put these two together and it is easy to see that they are no longer compatible.

The new Second Life TOS is simply incompatible with our own Terms of Use. To make this 100% clear, we updated our own Terms of Service to state this specifically. So from 6 September 2013 and onward, new use of our images in Second Life is no longer allowed. This means you are not allowed to upload any textures created with our images to Second Life at all (not even bundled with 3D models and also not if you heavily modified the textures).


I used your textures in Second Life Builds in the past, do I have to remove them now?
No, nothing changes for textures uploaded to Second Life previously. If you have used our images on builds uploaded before 6 September 2013, you can continue to use, sell, give away those builds just like before.


Are you talking to Linden Lab to come up with a solution?
We contacted Linden Lab about this problem, but in their response they (falsely!) claimed that their new TOS is more restrictive than the previous version. We asked them in what way it was more restrictive, but we received only nameless, canned replies on how we could get a texture removed if we did not agree with it's use. Apparently they don't care about this problem, so we don't see how we can come to a solution.


This is unfair, why are you changing your license!?
Redistributing our images 'as Textures' was never allowed according to our Terms of Use. The reason you are no longer allowed to use our images is not because of a change in our Terms of Use, it is the updated Terms of Use by Linden Lab (which claims unlimited redistribution rights for any uploaded content) that causes the problem. So this is not a new 'rule' in our license. Our license update is only to make it 100% clear that new uploads of our images to Second Life is no longer allowed.

Please note: the same is probably true for most other texture websites which do not allow for redistribution 'as Textures' or texture websites which prohibit commercial redistribution of their images. Because of Linden's license change, uploading textures from other websites might also not be allowed.


I use your images to texture a 3D model, and it has been heavily modified with extra layers and baked shadows. Can I continue to use your textures for this?
We are sorry to disappoint you, but no. Even when a texture is heavily modified we can no longer allow it for new uploads to Second Life. We would be ok with it, because such textures are usually not useful apart from a specific model. But unfortunately it is impossible to define in legal text when a texture is sufficiently modified to allow such use. This would create too much confusion, to keep things clear we cannot allow any new use of our images in Second Life.


Note that this page we tried to give an explanation of our Terms of Use in a human readable manner. For usage rights our Terms of Use always applies.

If you have any questions regarding this change please email us at support@cgtextures.com