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GameDev.net Open License

By GameDev.net | Published Apr 11 2013 05:54 PM in Gamedev.net Help
Peer Reviewed by (Michael Tanczos, jbadams, Josh Vega)

gamedev.net open license GDOL

GameDev.net Open License


TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR USE, REPRODUCTION, AND DISTRIBUTION


1. Definitions.



"Article" shall refer to any body of text written by Author which describes and documents the use and/or operation of Source. It specifically does not refer to any accompanying Source either embedded within the body of text or attached to the article as a file.

"Author" means the individual or entity that offers the Work under the terms of this License.

"License" shall mean the terms and conditions for use, reproduction, and distribution as defined by Sections 1 through 9 of this document.

"Licensor" shall mean the copyright owner or entity authorized by the copyright owner that is granting the License.

"You" (or "Your") shall mean an individual or entity exercising permissions granted by this License.

"Source" shall include all software text source code and configuration files used to create executable software

"Object" shall mean any Source which has been converted into a machine executable software

"Work" consists of both the Article and Source

"Publisher" refers to GameDev.net LLC




This agreement is between You and Author, the owner and creator of the Work located at Gamedev.net.

2. Fair Dealing Rights.



Nothing in this License is intended to reduce, limit, or restrict any uses free from copyright or rights arising from limitations or exceptions that are provided for in connection with the copyright protection under copyright law or other applicable laws.

3. Grant of Copyright License.


Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, the Author hereby grants to You a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, irrevocable copyright license to the Work under the following stated terms:
  • You may not reproduce the Article on any other website outside of Gamedev.net without express written permission from the Author
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  • The origin of this Work must not be misrepresented; you must not claim that you wrote the original Source. If you use this Source in a product, an acknowledgment of the Author name would be appreciated but is not required.

4. Restrictions.


The license granted in Section 3 above is expressly made subject to and limited by the following restrictions:
  • Altered Source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be misrepresented as being the original software.
  • This License must be visibly linked to from any online distribution of the Article by URI and using the descriptive text "Licensed under the GameDev.net Open License"
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5. Grant of Patent License.


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6. Limitation of Liability.


In no event and under no legal theory, whether in tort (including negligence), contract, or otherwise, unless required by applicable law (such as deliberate and grossly negligent acts) or agreed to in writing, shall any Author or Publisher be liable to You for damages, including any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any character arising as a result of this License or out of the use or inability to use the Work (including but not limited to damages for loss of goodwill, work stoppage, computer failure or malfunction, or any and all other commercial damages or losses), even if such Author has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

7. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY


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8. Publisher.


The parties hereby confirm that the Publisher shall not, under any circumstances, be responsible for and shall not have any liability in respect of the subject matter of this License. The Publisher makes no warranty whatsoever in connection with the Work and shall not be liable to You or any party on any legal theory for any damages whatsoever, including without limitation any general, special, incidental or consequential damages arising in connection to this license. The Publisher reserves the right to cease making the Work available to You at any time without notice

9. Termination


This License and the rights granted hereunder will terminate automatically upon any breach by You of the terms of this License. Individuals or entities who have received Deriviative Works from You under this License, however, will not have their licenses terminated provided such individuals or entities remain in full compliance with those licenses. Sections 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 will survive any termination of this License.
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Comments

I think the paragraph/defintion for "Article" in Definitions is messed up. I don't think the first sentence was finished by the time the random words "It specifically does not refer to any" appeared...

 

Yay for being open!

Good catch, didn't see that.   This is the default article license but not the only one.  As a heads up, here are all the available licenses we are supporting:

 

http://www.gamedev.net/page/resources/_/gdnethelp/publishing-licenses-r2923


Note: Please offer only positive, constructive comments - we are looking to promote a positive atmosphere where collaboration is valued above all else.




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