Game System License

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The 4th edition Game System License was released to the public on June 17, 2008.[citation needed] This public copyright license is similar to, but more restrictive than, the Open Game License (OGL) that was created for 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons.[citation needed] The license allows third-party publishers to create products using the intellectual property of Dungeons and Dragons.[citation needed]

This license differs from the previous OGL in several ways. People wishing to use this license are allowed and granted a logo that must be placed onto their products to state that they are compatible with Dungeon & Dragons 4th Edition.[citation needed] The license also can be updated by Wizards of the Coast and updates affect all licensees; in case of litigation the licensees must pay the legal costs of Wizards of the Coast.[citation needed]

Prior to Gen Con 2008, it was announced that the GSL is undergoing a revision.[1] Shortly after the end of the convention a number of Wizards of the Coast's jobs were eliminated including the Licensing Manager position[2] that was held by Linae Foster. The former D&D Brand Manager, Scott Rouse, was in charge of the revisions to the GSL until his leaving WotC on Oct 12, 2009.


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