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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_Rouse
    This is patently false. The 4e books will still have a d20 system logo but the d20 STL will not be updated to 4e. The products made under the license will still be available from the 3PPs.
    What's false? The rumor that you (WotC) will legally instruct all 3PPs to remove any and all of their products bearing the d20 System logo from the market once the GSL is made available?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger REG
    What's false? The rumor that you (WotC) will legally instruct all 3PPs to remove any and all of their products bearing the d20 System logo from the market once the GSL is made available?
    The OP said this:

    This hadn't really occurred to me until I talked to some other publishers. As we know from D&D Brand Manager Scott Rouse's posting, d20 will vanish in less than a year. That means that all of the d20 PDF material for 3.5 that's out there now will have to be remade as new PDFs with the d20 trademark removed. I certainly haven't surveyed the entire industry, but the few publishers I know plan to delete those products rather than redoing them without the logo. If others follow suit, considerable d20 3.5 material could vanish from the market in very short order.
    There will be no d20 STL in 4e but the d20 system trademark will still be used on our books. and other products as a mark of compatibility. This is what I said that I believe the OP was referring to.

    There is no "without cause" termination clause in the d20 STL. The only way for us to stop it's use is to find cause to terminate through a violation of the community standards for example or b) update the license and essentially nullify it's use at a certain date e.g. version v.x this license will expire in January 2008. We have never stated that we would do b).

    Even if we did kill the license and stop future use past products would likely be grandfathered in and allowed to continue to be sold using the mark as they were legitimately made under the license.

    Go back and read the STL and let me know if you disagree. The OP should of done that or consult a lawyer before stating opinion as fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_Rouse
    Even if we did kill the license and stop future use past products would likely be grandfathered in and allowed to continue to be sold using the mark as they were legitimately made under the license.
    That's all I wanted to hear.

    So, technically, since you're not updating the d20STL, that license is still valid after GSL is released, yes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger REG
    So, technically, since you're not updating the d20STL, that license is still valid after GSL is released, yes?
    At least that is what it sounds like - people could continue to release 3.X or Modern products under the d20STL.

    (Likely not 4E products, though (why ever someone might want to do that) - the limitations on the defined game terms would seem to have made 4E and the d20STL incompatible even before any terms of the GSL or previously the 4E OGL figured in. But IANAL, and all that.)
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    You can still release material based on the OGL 1.0 IIRC (which I could easily be wrong). When the OGL first came out one of the things that got brought up was exactly that possibility and we were basically told that once the OGL was out there and in place, it would always be there. So people could be producing 3.5E material 50 years from now if they REALLY wanted
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_Rouse
    This is patently false. The 4e books will still have a d20 system logo but the d20 STL will not be updated to 4e. The products made under the license will still be available from the 3PPs.
    Well as we have announced more about the GSL I stand corrected. Use of the d20 STL will end on June 6th 2008 as it will be replaced by a d20 GSL. The books and PDFs with the old red and black logo will need to be updated without the logo after 2008.
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    Scott, is it safe to assume that those printed books already in distribution can continue to remain in distribution if they carry the d20 logo? Just no new 3.x books can carry the d20 logo after June 6? PDF is different, since it can be more quickly updated with much less cost.

    Because I'd hate to have to do a recall...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_Rouse
    Well as we have announced more about the GSL I stand corrected. Use of the d20 STL will end on June 6th 2008 as it will be replaced by a d20 GSL. The books and PDFs with the old red and black logo will need to be updated without the logo after 2008.
    I consider that REALLY unfortunate, as I imagine that many publishers won't bother to go through the work to do that.

    EDIT: Scott, I'm a little confused by your verbiage here. You say products will need to be updated "after 2008"; does that mean there is some sort of implied grace period here, or did you mean "after June 6 2008" in the last sentence?
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    To Bacris and Psion,

    The license ends in June 2008 so publishers will stop using it at that point. There will be a sell off period through the end of 2008 for publishers with stock in their warehouses. Product that is sold and sitting in a store or distributor is considered sold and fine. There will be no recall of product sitting in the channel.

    The major downside is for publishers who have so much stock they can't move it in six months. For those who that is the case I suspect they have larger problems.

    PDF sellers will be asked to update their products within that six month time and remove the logo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_Rouse
    To Bacris and Psion,

    The license ends in June 2008 so publishers will stop using it at that point. There will be a sell off period through the end of 2008 for publishers with stock in their warehouses. Product that is sold and sitting in a store or distributor is considered sold and fine. There will be no recall of product sitting in the channel.

    The major downside is for publishers who have so much stock they can't move it in six months. For those who that is the case I suspect they have larger problems.

    PDF sellers will be asked to update their products within that six month time and remove the logo.
    Thanks for the clarification! That sounds reasonable.
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