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Erik Bethke, CEO of GoPets (a cartoony “global community composed of real people and virtual pets”) has an offer on the table that may be interesting to regular VB readers: a chance to earn part of a $5000 bounty while helping develop GoPets LogoGoPets’ End-User License Agreement (EULA), Terms of Service (TOS) Code of Conduct, and Privacy Policy. Bethke says the bounty will be divided up by him in a way that “most fairly recognizes individual contributions.”

Cynics out there may view this as a way for GoPets to save tens of thousands of dollars on legal bills, but it seems like the effort has some real community-oriented purpose as well, and the fact that the documents will be released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License inclines me to credit Bethke with a “do well by doing good” kind of plan.

The project is already being both supported and criticized for trying to be an “Avatar Bill of Rights,” but reading Bethke’s post, that doesn’t seem like the main purpose his offer. It is worth dropping by, whatever your perspective, as there’s an interesting ongoing discussion. And you could even pick up a few bucks (or Gold Shells, I suppose, if you’d rather) for pitching in.

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4 Responses to “GoPets CEO Offers Bounty for Help Drafting EULA, TOS, Code of Conduct, and Privacy Policy”

  1. on 14 Aug 2007 at 1:02 pmNobody Fugazi

    I like this – they reference the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

    …we would like to reach as high as possible to achieve the natural rights as expressed in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights…

  2. on 16 Aug 2007 at 5:59 amIang

    I’m curious why the licence needs to be licensed? My understanding was that legal documents were conventionally not subject of IP, as to do so brought in strange effects of circularity and potential for abuse.

  3. on 17 Aug 2007 at 7:05 amVint Falken

    Indeed. Interesting. I’m curious about what they’ll eventually come up with.

  4. on 20 Aug 2007 at 4:50 pmBenjamin Duranske

    Iang – that’s a good point, though there’s actually been some movement to copyright certain legal documents. I think it’s more a gesture of goodwill than anything else.

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