Wizards of the Coast, clearly stunned by the complete lack of interest in their assinine GSL license are revising it. Here is the press release:
Wizards of the Coast announces a forthcoming revision to the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Game System License (GSL) and System Reference Document (SRD).
“We recognize the important role third party publishing support plays in the success of the 4th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons. We have listened to the community and our valued colleagues and have taken their concerns and recommendations to heart. Our commitment to the health of the industry and hobby gaming lifestyle is reflected in the revisions to the Game System License.”
–Linae Foster D&D Licensing Manager
While the delivery date is not yet firmly established, the revised documents will be available in the very near future.
The new fan site policy, to be made public at a later date, will be posted upon completion.
Happy day! The GSL is the single most restrictive and unfair agreement I ever read and most publishers rightly avoided it. I give Kenzerco credit for leading the charge against this evil document. I am not certain, but I am sure their strong resistance inspired others to either reject the GSL outright or take a “wait and see approach.” I am sure WOTC felt the heat. With luck this means the new version will allow are more “SRD” approach to the rules. Although I would settle for the ability to reprint powers and abilities in a module and reference a page number in the PHB. Yes, both were banned under the old GSL. That is what happens when lawyers become involved. Madness ensues.
Trask, The Last Tyromancer