Monday, March 2, 2009

New GSL

New GSL is up (some 8+ months after the first one--has it really been that long?!). There's some tricky bits about dual OGL/GSL support (which seems a bit more viable), which I wouldn't begin to try to navigate (not being a lawyer). On the other hand, it does have an "opt out" clause now, which is a big improvement over the first one. Terms can still can change without notification. Sounds like Clark Peterson of Necromancer's happy enough with it.

I'm looking through this--can someone tell me why you'd sign this thing compared to just merrily jaunting about via Fair Use and the like, as many folks have been successfully doing?

Either way, congrats to Scott Rouse for getting this out. May I now suggest working on getting the "not really that important" fan site policy up so we can get that all in the clear?

8 comments:

Ron Perkins said...

You're giving it much more the benefit of the doubt than I am. They can still steal what they want, change what they want, and dictate what they want. I'd just not sign it, and follow what Adamant Entertainment and Kenzer Co did without it.

jamused said...

As far as I can tell the "opt out" provision that Peterson is so happy about works as follows: they post a change to their website. If you don't notice it immediately, you accept. If you notice it and that same day send them a Termination Notice, you have six months to clear your inventory. If you opt out but don't deliver a Termination Notice executed that same day, you must destroy all your inventory immediately. WotC can still terminate the license with you for any reason or none at all; if WotC does so, you have to destroy all your inventory immediately (no 6 month grace period).

Ron Perkins said...

Wow. That is crap.

Mad Brew said...

@Janused: That's how I read it too..

:watches Clark Peterson's reputation with me dwindle:

Zachary The First said...

To be fair, publishers are responding positively, so seems its doing its job.

Zachary The First said...

@Mad Brew: My post for today has to do with Necromancer as well (and their possible attempt at "Classic" 4e)! I wrote it pre-GSL announcement, but its a weird two-day spike. :)

Bonemaster said...

@Madbrew - After reading Clark's response that it is a "huge win", I have to disagree. It's a "small win", but the large battle is lost.

Clark is just trying to do what he thinks is best for his business. He thinks being attached to 4ed is good for business. I personally still have doubts.

BTW, I think too many people put Clark up on some type of pedestal, much like we once did Gygax and other gaming greats. The problem with that of course is that they like us are just human. They will make mistakes and disappoint us.

Bonemaster said...

@Madbrew - I guess that's all any of the publishers wanted was a clear way to terminate the license. How sad.