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?
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.
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.
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!?
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.
If you have any questions regarding this change please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org