OGL OGL-Gate & Mainstream Media: The Guardian Weighs In

Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Steel_Wind

Legend
That's a weird, badly-researched, and unhelpful article that addresses almost none of the genuine issues. And talking up defunct piracy sites as a demonstration of how innovative D&D fans are to pursue their hobby is ... certainly an interesting journalistic line to take.
ahem It's certainly not defunct, it's just mostly less visible now.
 

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ilgatto

How inconvenient
60 Minutes, 1985.

Never forget.

We were stronger than that, we are stronger than this, we are stronger than attacks on D&D in general, whether they come from within or without.
Wow.

Although we knew about Patricia Pulling and B.A.D.D. even here in the backwater lowlands, I don't think any of us have ever seen that clip, which I would classify as walking just on the wrong side of the line between barely veiled sensationalism and what 60 Minutes calls "investigative journalism".

Irritatingly, it does make me even more wrong with my 50 years.:cry:

Pretty close with my "50 years", though! :)

Liaisons Dangereuses
 

TheSword

Legend

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TheSword

Legend
is The Street a big news outlet?
Is the article telling us any information we don’t know already, or does it contain anything other than a brief summary of events? I’d love to know how they define or justify tanked… as I can’t see it anywhere in there. No figures. No sense of scale, sounds like a fair bit of hyperbole.

My point was that this incident hasn’t dented Hasbro’s stock. Quite probably because investors know that regaining control over the IP is good for the company.
 

My point was that this incident hasn’t dented Hasbro’s stock. Quite probably because investors know that regaining control over the IP is good for the company.
You are vastly overestimating how well investors understand this issue. The idea that investors will even understand these SECRET UNTIL FRIDAY moves at all is laughable. The idea that they not only understand them, but understand them specifically as "Protecting the IP" is absolutely ridiculous.

It hasn't dented the stock because it's a complicated nerdy issue and WotC's response isn't set in stone yet, and even when it is, D&D losing even 50% of it's revenue could easily be made up for by other factors.

In fact there's an enormous factor you haven't mentioned - two actually - firstly, D&D:HAT movie, which will benefit Hasbro and the D&D IP if it's anything be absolute trashfire. Secondly, the eOne sale. This is huge. Even if D&D lose a ton of sales, selling eOne and the associated IPs that they're not retaining could easily make up for it in the short term, and when you're looking at stocks, that short-term is what matters.

Those two factors alone make a huge difference here.
 


Jack Daniel

dice-universe.blogspot.com
Jimquisition (a channel almost entirely focused on criticizing the video game industry) has covered the OGL:


Makes me wonder if any other former Escapist personalities will cover the story — probably not Zero Punctuation, but Movie Bob might and Extra Credits almost certainly will.
 



darjr

I crit!
Ha looks like I posted it.

dang it's been a long few days.

CNBC obtained copies of Hasbro’s reformed licensing agreements — OGL 1.1 and an FAQ section for OGL 2.0. According to the documents, Hasbro had sought to require independent publishers and content creators to report financial data directly to the company’s Wizards of the Coast division, which includes D&D. At a certain threshold, the revised agreement would have forced independent creators to pay significant fees.
 

Ha looks like I posted it.

dang it's been a long few days.

CNBC obtained copies of Hasbro’s reformed licensing agreements — OGL 1.1 and an FAQ section for OGL 2.0. According to the documents, Hasbro had sought to require independent publishers and content creators to report financial data directly to the company’s Wizards of the Coast division, which includes D&D. At a certain threshold, the revised agreement would have forced independent creators to pay significant fees.
Well, you posted about it. But now we have a link!
 




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