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What was going on with D&D's leaked OGL 1.1 in January 2023? How does it affect me?

Not at all As of January 27, 2023 Wizards announced they would not be modifying OGL 1.0a or revoke it. Instead, they put the SRD 5.1 under Creative Commons. We are leaving OGL 1.0a in place, as is. ...
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How can I make use of the material that doesn't fall under the OGL?

Sure there is—pay Wizards of the Coast to license that material. The Open Game License is free, but only covers a subset of the game. Often it covers just one example of each kind of thing. In order ...
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Can I mention Dungeons & Dragons in a D&D 5e OGL product description?

It appears that you cannot. The issue here is not copyright. Titles and short phrases generally aren't protected by copyright ­— there is trademark law for that. Dungeons & Dragons certainly is a ...
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Is it legal to design and publish a game with D&D's ability scores?

Yes I am not a lawyer and anyone can sue anyone for anything. However... Many RPGs, not under license from D&D using the OGL or otherwise, have used identically named ability scores since 1975 ...
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What editions of D&D are derived from the d20 system?

You’re conflating several issues. There’s Dungeons & Dragons (in its various editions), the d20 System, the d20 System Trademark License (with associated d20 System Trademark Guide), the Open Game ...
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What is Dungeons & Dragons' unique intellectual property?

I'm not a lawyer but I play one on the internet. For the purpose of this discussion, intellectual property breaks down into two concepts that are often confused: copyright and trademark. Copyright is ...
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How to enter the OGL into my work

The OGL itself contains full instructions on using the OGL Using the Open Gaming License requires following its instructions to the letter. That's the nature of a license: it tells you exactly and ...
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How compatible are the published D&D 5e rules with the rules in the SRD?

The SRD has a few big contradictions with the core books, plus many minor inconsistencies It's missing all changes made in errata since 2016 The Systems Reference Document was last updated to version ...
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Can the original WotC-published SRD RTF files be found anywhere?

The Internet Archive has a deliberate Collection of the original WotC SRD RTF files in its library, separately from the web-archiving project of the Wayback Machine. (Although the Wayback Machine is ...
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What was going on with D&D's leaked OGL 1.1 in January 2023? How does it affect me?

According to leaks—not official statements, though the leaks look pretty authoritative and Wizards has said “we’ll have a statement soon” rather than “no definitely not” so something here is probably ...
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Are the other wizard arcane traditions not part of the SRD?

Yes, the details of the other traditions are not licensed under the OGL. The presence or absence of something in the SRD is the literal definition of what parts of D&D 5e have been licensed under ...
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Is it legal to design and publish a game with D&D's ability scores?

Short version: Str/Con/Dex/Int/Wis/Cha appears to be available for use, but tread carefully. This is a very gray area, and any advice you get isn't worth much, unless it's from your lawyer. If you ...
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Does only mentioning a work constitute OGL "usage"?

What you're describing is Nominative Use — a use that involves only naming a thing. The OGL doesn't control or limit nominative use at all — because the name a book wants to be called by others isn't ...
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Which D&D monsters are copyrighted?

The version and stat blocks of the monsters found in any Wizards of the Coast literature would be copyrights held by Wizards of the Coast. Some of the monsters they include in the game are based on ...
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Which D&D monsters are copyrighted?

All the monster descriptions are Copyright applies to any work that is fixed in a tangible medium. Even if you describe a creature from the public domain in such a medium - like text - then your ...
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If Drow and Duergar are allowed as monsters in the D&D 5e SRD, are they allowed as subraces as well?

You may not reprint the official Drow and Duergar subrace options The monsters and the subraces are different mechanically, and those non-OGL subrace mechanics are exactly what you’re hoping to use. ...
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How compatible are the published D&D 5e rules with the rules in the SRD?

The SRD does not contradict official rules. The official (English) SRD rules do not contradict the official rules from the Player's Handbook, Monster Manual or Dungeon Master's Guide, excepting for ...
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What was going on with D&D's leaked OGL 1.1 in January 2023? How does it affect me?

Wizards of the Coast has published a blog post backing away from some of the changes, including the retroactive license change and the royalty structure. According to them, this is all just a big ...
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With the new Creative Commons SRD and the OGL no longer applying, can I name spells from Tasha's Cauldron in my supplement book?

The phrase "Synaptic Static" does not appear in the rules published under Creative Commons. It means that the new license does not apply to the spell name or description in any way. This ...
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Does referencing specific monster actions break the 5e SRD/OGL?

Anything in the SRD is open-game content, and thus you can use any of it in any OGL-licensed product. So if you can find those actions in the SRD, you can use the any or all of the text describing ...
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Is it legal to design and publish a game with D&D's ability scores?

Assuming that this is written with U.S. law in mind, game rules cannot be copyrighted, at all; neither can words. Thus, you can certainly use the same names for ability scores without infringing on ...
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Some core rulebook material isn't in the SRD. Is it licensed under the OGL?

The SRDs are intentionally incomplete. Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and you should probably talk to a copyright lawyer before publishing derivative works for profit. The point of the D&D SRDs ...
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Can the original WotC-published SRD RTF files be found anywhere?

Yes, thanks to the Wayback Machine (at least for now) Fortunately it doesn't seem that Wizard's robots.txt policies or anything else have precluded the SRD page and downloads from being archived by ...
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How can I reference a Monster Manual stat block in an OGL adventure?

The simplest way to reference monsters is to follow the lead of WotC published adventures and not include page numbers at all. At the beginning of your publication, explain your writing convention ("...
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What is Dungeons & Dragons' unique intellectual property?

Items claimed as "product identity" by Wizards of the Coast I am not a lawyer, and not even playing one on the internet (I am playing a Hobgoblin). Wizards is claiming the following items to ...
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How can I make use of the material that doesn't fall under the OGL?

Here is the guide to the use of Wizards of the Coast intellectual property: https://company.wizards.com/fancontentpolicy Two parts that are most interesting to you are: Can I use all of Wizards’ IP? ...
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Can a translation of a text declared as OGC be declared as Product Identity?

I am not a laywer, but I believe the Open Game License specifies that translations of Open Game Content must also be Open Game Content: "Open Game Content" means [...], and means any work ...
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Online SRD vs Official PDF SRD

*Disclaimer, I do freelance work for the owner of the Open Gaming Network websites, including d20pfsrd.com, 5esrd.com, and others. 5eSRD.com is a compilation of Open Gaming Content from multiple ...
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Can I use UA material if I'm writing a D&D 5E OGL supplement to be sold on DriveThruRPG or Amazon?

No; UA is copyrighted by Wizards of the Coast, and not publishable under the OGL. The only official D&D fifth edition content that the Open Gaming License (OGL) lets you republish is the content ...
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Are monster names covered as identity under the OGL or otherwise copyrighted?

Aboleths are open-game content, per the D&D 3.5e System Reference Document. That is why you can find it on various SRD sites, for example d20srd.org, and also why OGL games like Pathfinder can ...
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