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Legal

This fan site does not utilize the WotC Open Gaming Licence. Instead, it utilizes the WotC Online Policy (see below).

The WotC Online Policy can be summarized as follows:

  1. You can't utilize anything here to make money, such as publishing it in a professional product.
  2. You can use creatures, templates, and other rules not in the SRD, such as Metabreath Feats from the Draconomicon, or Mind Flayers and Beholders.

In order to follow the spirit of these rules further, and avoid any possible legal problems, it would be preferable that when you use anything that is not Open Game Content on this wiki, that you not copy any text verbatim from these sources. This will encourage the purchase of the original source texts, supporting the industry, and help stave off potential legal issues.

WOTC's Policy on Fan-Sites

Until early 2002, fan sites operated under two informal policies. These were essentially statements made by Jim Butler and Ryan Dancey.

Jim Butler originally OK'd conversion of old 1E and 2E materials to 3E; this informal policy has now been replaced with WotC's Official Conversion Policy. Jim Butler's informal permission no longer applies - however, the Conversion Policy does allow conversions as long as certain rules are followed.

Ryan Dancey's statement regarding fan sites in general has not yet been replaced with any kind of official policy or statement (save for where conversions are concerned, as mentioned above). Here is that statement:

We really don't have a plan for "fan" sites. The problem with the old policy was that it was an unfair policy, because people could take stuff from D&D, make new things, post them on their web sites, and then claim some sort of pseudo-copyright to "control" that material so "other people can't get rich off my work". On the other hand, it will be a long time, if ever, before the bulk of the 3e game content is released in the SRD, and people are simply not going to wait before doing interesting things with it in public.

Right now, my plan is pretty simple: If you're charging money for any aspect of D&D, you're going to be required to use the OGL and the d20 STL. If you say you're following the OGL or the d20 STL, you're going to be forced to follow them. So, if you've got a fan site that's a collection of characters, and they don't claim to be using the OGL or the d20 STL, and they're not charging money, we're going to ignore them.

What I haven't decided yet is whether or not I'm going to be picky about the d20 logo itself. My leaning is to tell sites that don't want to use the OGL that they can't use the d20 logo either, and to make that the general policy. However, there are so many such sites, and I have so little time avaialble, that enforcement of such a policy would be essentially impossible.

For the time being, all we're worried about is commercial publishers.


Note that neither Ryan Dancey nor Jim Butler are at WotC any longer.