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With the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Basic Rules being a free PDF, they are practically the SRD.

But is there a license available for content creators that want to create commercial products based on 5e?

Wizards still lists only the Revised 3.5 under OGL and 4e GSL, but I realize that 5e is still in the release process.

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No OGL/GSL for 5e yet. Plan was an announcement @ 2014 fall and release in 2015.

At this stage before all core rules are out, there does not exist a public license that grants you the right to create contents based on D&D 5e, whether commercial or not.

Here is an official post about it:

We want to ensure that the quality of anything D&D fans create is as high as possible. Basic D&D is aimed at new players ... not for material that you want to share broadly.

It'll take time for everyone to absorb the rules and how they all interact.

While the details are still in flux, we can say that we plan to announce the details of our plans sometime this fall. After that announcement, we plan on launching our program in early 2015.

This matches some other third party comments, which hints that they want to do something different from OGL:

Mearls' plan for D&D is largely the same goals that were created for the OGL. The difference was that the OGL (assumed) that publishers would create a better game by cooperating through iterative design; instead, authors were motivated to ignore each others' innovations and recreate the same rules so that they were paid additional cents per word.

It may be related that Wizards has not granted any translation license yet. Perhaps the developers are focusing on core rulebooks and neglected licenses. The real reason may be unrelated, of course.

Time will tell.

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"there does not exist a public license that grants you the right to create contents based on D&D 5e, whether commercial or not" This is true but not the full story. The public always has some rights regarding new content related to copyrighted material; Fair Use etc. I think that's in the scope of the discussion. –  tex Jul 25 '14 at 14:56
@tex Maybe, but as it's a tangent to the question an answer isn't obliged to cover fair use, nominative use, Kenzer Co., TSR v. Mayfair Games, etc. You might want to write such an answer though. :) –  SevenSidedDie Jul 25 '14 at 15:02
@tex I also believe these rigths would be out of scope for a commercial license question. Besides, fair use is a legal right, not exactly a licence. ;) (this answer is community wiki so you may improves it, I am not confident I can cover alll the basic rights and keep it simple at the same time) –  Sheepy Jul 26 '14 at 6:52
@Sheepy Is there a particular reason you're regularly making your answers community wiki? They're good answers, we can do editing without them being CW, there's no reason you need to make them that way. –  doppelgreener Jul 27 '14 at 3:19
@pablox No news yet, no. Dates slip... –  SevenSidedDie Mar 12 at 18:57

No information has been revealed about this yet. News about such plans are only planned to be revealed for a release in 2015

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