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8.3 You agree that you will not post or transmit Content or code that may be harmful, impede other users' functionality, invade other users' privacy, or surreptitiously or negatively impact any system or network.

You agree to respect both the integrity of the Service and the privacy of other users. You will not:

(I) Post or transmit viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, time bombs, cancelbots, or other computer programming routines that may harm the Service or interests or rights of other users, or that may harvest or collect any data or personal information about other users without their consent;

(ii) Post or transmit unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, or promotional materials, that are in the nature of "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation that Linden Lab considers to be of such nature;

(iii) Use robots or other automated means to increase traffic to any Virtual Land;

(iv) Engage in malicious or disruptive conduct that impedes or interferes with other users' normal use of the Service;

(v) Attempt to gain unauthorized access to any other user's Account, password, Virtual Land or Content; or

(vi) Violate our Second Life Mainland Policies, each of which is incorporated into this Agreement.

Any violation by you of the terms of this Section may result in immediate suspension or termination of your Accounts without any refund or other compensation.

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Spam is a type of violation and not a violation in and of itself.  Much like harassment, there are many types of Harassment which all are defined in their own way.  As such, there is no legal definition of Spam in their ToS or most anyone else's ToS.  It could include any information that was not asked for however, it is more often than not considered when that information is redundant or irrelevant.

There is IM Spam, Email Spam, Forums Spam and many other types however, since it needs to be at the discretion of the holder of the ToS, by defining it, it cannot be subjective.  Much like when you see a policy of Offense Materials.  These are usually left open so that it can be gauged case by case. 

 

 

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8.3 You agree that you will not post or transmit Content or code that may be harmful, impede other users' functionality, invade other users' privacy, or surreptitiously or negatively impact any system or network.

You agree to respect both the integrity of the Service and the privacy of other users. You will not:

(I) Post or transmit viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, time bombs, cancelbots, or other computer programming routines that may harm the Service or interests or rights of other users, or that may harvest or collect any data or personal information about other users without their consent;

(ii) Post or transmit unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, or promotional materials, that are in the nature of "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation that Linden Lab considers to be of such nature;

(iii) Use robots or other automated means to increase traffic to any Virtual Land;

(iv) Engage in malicious or disruptive conduct that impedes or interferes with other users' normal use of the Service;

(v) Attempt to gain unauthorized access to any other user's Account, password, Virtual Land or Content; or

(vi) Violate our Second Life Mainland Policies, each of which is incorporated into this Agreement.

Any violation by you of the terms of this Section may result in immediate suspension or termination of your Accounts without any refund or other compensation.

___________________________________________________________________________

Note:

Spam is a type of violation and not a violation in and of itself.  Much like harassment, there are many types of Harassment which all are defined in their own way.  As such, there is no legal definition of Spam in their ToS or most anyone else's ToS.  It could include any information that was not asked for however, it is more often than not considered when that information is redundant or irrelevant.

There is IM Spam, Email Spam, Forums Spam and many other types however, since it needs to be at the discretion of the holder of the ToS, by defining it, it cannot be subjective.  Much like when you see a policy of Offense Materials.  These are usually left open so that it can be gauged case by case. 

 

 

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Chelsea gave you the exact legal definition.

Speaking more generally, spam is advertising in group chat, or mass mailing by notecards or IMs.  Repetitive gestures in crowded places may be called "gesture spam" or just "spam" by others.

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Hi all

I have a dilemma and do want to consult you all in solving this.

I do run a few galleries in second life and started to cooperate with other (non-profit!) galleries to promote art, the beauty side of Second Life. I offered to promote the exhibitions of others too and started to do that more professionally. Creating lists, by selecting art-lovers that are committed to art in some way (other groups).

To avoid becoming a spammer I did send my messages and announcements, using an object containing a script, but simultaneously included an IM with the request to tell me if they don't want to be bothered with announcements of exhibitions (any longer). Some did, I deleted them from the mailing list, and that made me dive again into the rather abstract text of ToS:

Spam is (T0S):
"An unsolicited instant message, notecard, texture, group invite, animate request, or object sent to multiple people. This can be sent by another player, or by an object containing a script."

My dilemma/question is: how do you know it is 'unsolicited'? You can only know that by inviting people once, they telling you not to bother them again and deleting this person permanently from the mailing list, if protesting. But first you have to ask them! That is exactly what I do, and just a few told me not to bother them. As far as I know I stay within the limits of ToS, as long as I ask them to let me know to delete them from my list. I handle this respectfully.

Correct reasoning?

Thanks if you are willing to answer my question.
And sorry for my bad English!

Anasyro

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You really should post this as a new question rather than as an answer to another question, but, to answer your inappropriately located question:

 

Not spam: You have a scripted object that that has a sign or something on it saying "Touch me for an invite to our group".

Spam: Someone in the vicinity just gets sent an invite or an item for existing in that space.

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Ugh - got suckered into a necro'd thread. -DELETED-

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15 minutes ago, Alyona Su said:

Ugh - got suckered into a necro'd thread. -DELETED-

That’s just the icing on the cake.9_9

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