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D&D Makes a Statement About The OGL Disaster

Quick Glance

Kyle Brink, the executive producer of D&D, made a statement today to clarify who the OGL does NOT affect. He also notes what we can expect with the re-drafting of the OGL.

 

After apologizing for the language and requirements in the draft OGL + ghosting the community, he continues with an expectation breakdown for the new proposed OGL.

“Our language and requirements in the draft OGL were disruptive to creators and not in support of our core goals of protecting and cultivating an inclusive play environment and limiting the OGL to TTRPGs. Then we compounded things by being silent for too long. We hurt fans and creators, when more frequent and clear communications could have prevented so much of this.”
Kyle Brink
Executive Producer of D&D

What to Expect: The Proposed OGL

By Friday, January 20th, D&D plans to share the new proposed OGL for review and feedback. In addition, there will be a survey for the community to fill out and submit, including extra form fields for specified feedback. This survey will remain open for a couple of weeks with a pre-warning before closing it. 

What to Expect: Content Remaining Unaffected By The New OGL

According to Brink, the following creative content will remain completely unaffected by the updated OGL. 

Your video content. Whether you are a commentator, streamer, podcaster, liveplay cast member, or other video creator on platforms like YouTube and Twitch and TikTok, you have always been covered by the Wizards Fan Content Policy. The OGL doesn’t (and won’t) touch any of this.

Your accessories for your owned content. No changes to the OGL will affect your ability to sell minis, novels, apparel, dice, and other items related to your creations, characters, and worlds.

Non-published works, for instance contracted services. You use the OGL if you want to publish your works that reference fifth edition content through the SRD. That means commissioned work, paid DM services, consulting, and so on aren’t affected by the OGL.

VTT content. Any updates to the OGL will still allow any creator to publish content on VTTs and will still allow VTT publishers to use OGL content on their platform.

DMs Guild content. The content you release on DMs Guild is published under a Community Content Agreement with Dungeon Masters Guild. This is not changing.

Your OGL 1.0a content. Nothing will impact any content you have published under OGL 1.0a. That will always be licensed under OGL 1.0a.

Your revenue. There will be no royalty or financial reporting requirements.

Your revenue. There will be no royalty or financial reporting requirements.

We’ll keep you updated on further news…

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Written by
Beth the Bard (@ItsBethTheBard)

She/Her | Pro DM & Coach | ADHD | Best-Selling DnD Author of Feminist Curse of Strahd Book | D&D in a Castle DM | Creator of TTRPG University

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