Unearthed Arcana Unearthed Arcana Compendium PDF

Kor

First Post
Hi all, I have been looking for a complete compendium or website that included all the Unearthed Arcana articles in an easy to access format/index. I couldn't find such an entity so I created my own. I also included a basic glossary at the end.

Here is the link for it. (Please let me know if there is something better out there, as my plan is to keep this updated but if some better comes along I'll be happy to pass the torch).

www.minisgallery.com/uac.pdf

2017-JUN-09 Updated
 
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Kor

First Post
Well, it looks like there is either little demand/need for this so I will stop updating/distributing it.
 

Henry

Autoexreginated
Well, that, and WotC didn't license it, which means people can get in a bit of trouble to offer it, no matter if it's freely available in other forms.
 





woodja

First Post
Not so long ago, there was a Codex available on reddit that had all the UA available at the time in a PHB format. Was really well done and made it much easier to find information. Unfortunately, the author received a DMCA request from WoTC so had to take it down.

You may be able to find a version if you google it (I found version 1.4 which is up to the mass combat rules UA)
 

Kor

First Post
Thanks all. I really tried to be careful to not infringe on any of WotC's intellectual property rights when I created this. I know that WotC is basically legally required to always challenge any possible IP infringement concerns, since if they selectively stop doing so, then it makes their ability to defend their IP rights more difficult when there is a blatant infringement.

Because of this, I did not want to do anything other than to merge all the PDF's into a single PDF. I realize even by doing that and redistributing their free PDF's that there could be a concern, but I also ensured that the host site I am using, is just a hobby site (there is no money to be gained directly or indirectly).

By not incorporating any personal graphics or design into the PDF, I am hoping that it helps to ensure/reflect that I am not challenging any of their IP. It has occurred to me on the Contents Page that I have referenced the PDF as the: "Unofficial" Unearthed Arcana Compendium. I suspect by giving this a document a name, it could be called into contention, so I will soon be removing that on my next edit.

My main goal here was really just to create a table of contents to make it easier to find stuff from all those UA articles. In no way do I want to be seen as challenging any of their IP, and I will take every step possible to ensure this.
 

BoldItalic

First Post
You have misunderstood the concept of copyright.

You have republished WotC's material. You aren't allowed to do that. That's what copyright is all about. Only WotC has the right to publish its own material. No-one else is allowed to do it without a licence from WotC, and you haven't got one.

It has nothing to do with money. The fact that you are giving away pirate copies of someone else's material doesn't make it legal. The argument that you are only doing it to be helpful doesn't make it legal. You are a copyright thief, pure and simple.

Just take it down.
 

Kor

First Post
Here's another idea to help make it easier to reference the contents of the Unearthed Arcana material while perhaps not challenging any IP / Copyright protections.

What if I just posted my glossary as a webpage, and then hyperlinked all the items to the corresponding PDF?

I believe if I wrote and published an article about one of their PDF's, I can talk about the contents as long as I don't repeat the game mechanics: (i.e The "Kill Everything" feat in the "New Combat Options" of the latest Unearthed Arcana article seems well balanced and will likely be a favored feat for all fighters). So for my idea, I would only be mentioning the name of the feat. Additionally, I would be referencing my source, as the hyperlink would go back to the official PDF.

Although the above seems like an acceptable use to me, I suspect there might still be a concern, since I have not seen any websites that reference of the Spell names, Feat names, or Archetype names from any 5e source (other than those from the basic game). That tells me if people can't even post a list of available 5e archetypes from all the published sources, then likely my glossary doing the same thing from their free PDF's would also be restricted.

I'm probably better off sending my proposed plan to WotC to confirm what is acceptable, but since there seems to be some very knowledgeable folks here, I thought I might throw the idea out here first before I bother them with it.

Thanks.
 

Billy Rigby

First Post
I really like what you did here. I think Hasbro might have a problem with it, not WotC. But, having all this is one place is great, just remember that in November it will all be printed in their new supplement. So, you might want to take it down before then. I hate having to click through their site just to check out new UA material. Maybe that's the way they want it, more clicks, more views, more profits.

Though I don't agree with pirating material I don't see this a big no no like having a PHB or DMG for pdf download. Regardless, this is what I was looking for today. Just something I can print out until that book comes out.
 

guachi

Hero
It's not relevant if the content is being published later or not. Nor is it pirating to download something freely available.

The only issue, as previously mentioned, is that the content is under copyright and I don't know what WotC's policy is on reprinting their free UA articles elsewhere on the internet.
 

Hussar

Legend
It's not relevant if the content is being published later or not. Nor is it pirating to download something freely available.

The only issue, as previously mentioned, is that the content is under copyright and I don't know what WotC's policy is on reprinting their free UA articles elsewhere on the internet.

You do realize that price is not the determining factor in piracy right? Even if it is available for free, you still cannot freely distribute something that is copyright. End of story.

Not that I really have a horse in this race, and I don't really care in this particular instance, but, it is infringing on copyright.
 

guachi

Hero
You can freely distribute something under copyright if given permission. So your blanket statement is wrong. End of story.

I am aware that price isn't a determining factor in whether it's piracy or not. I don't need a condescending "you do realize".
 

Hussar

Legend
You can freely distribute something under copyright if given permission. So your blanket statement is wrong. End of story.

I am aware that price isn't a determining factor in whether it's piracy or not. I don't need a condescending "you do realize".

Yes, that's absolutely true. Completely irrelevant to the case at hand, but, absolutely true. So, yup, you're technically correct. And, as everyone knows, that's the best kind of correct. :uhoh:
 

gyor

Legend
You have misunderstood the concept of copyright.

You have republished WotC's material. You aren't allowed to do that. That's what copyright is all about. Only WotC has the right to publish its own material. No-one else is allowed to do it without a licence from WotC, and you haven't got one.

It has nothing to do with money. The fact that you are giving away pirate copies of someone else's material doesn't make it legal. The argument that you are only doing it to be helpful doesn't make it legal. You are a copyright thief, pure and simple.

Just take it down.

Call him a thief is idiotic, you can't steal what someone gave away for free, no matter what none sense is in copy right law.

He just reorganized it.
 

BoldItalic

First Post
Call him a thief is idiotic, you can't steal what someone gave away for free, no matter what none sense is in copy right law.

He just reorganized it.

Wrong. WotC have not given away the copyright, whether for free or not. Giving away copies of a work does not constitute giving away the copyright. The right to distribute those copies remains with the copyright owner. The OP does not have permission to redistribute the material.

By claiming the right to distribute the material himself, he is attempting to seize the copyright. It isn't his. He has stolen it.

But, it's not my problem if you don't understand that.
 


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