Several years ago I wrote an article for Oerth Journal which was published in the on-line magazine. Who owns the rights to the article content? Can I legally re-use my article concepts for another publication that is not Greyhawk related, excluding artwork of coarse? _________________ Eileen of Greyhawk, Prophet of Istus, Messenger of the Gods
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From page 3, in Oerth Journal 25:
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I have plans to publish my world through the 5th edition open game license. I just wanted to make certain that my article concept is free for me to use. Im not making a greyhawk product, nor is there any mention or tie to greyhawk. _________________ Eileen of Greyhawk, Prophet of Istus, Messenger of the Gods
All of the above is absolutely correct.
Having dealt with kind of thing for years as a professional artist, there's only one proviso that I would add ...
You absolutely own everything that you've written , in this case. But, you've also granted permission to the Oerth Journal to reprint and reproduce your work. So, in the event that your published world takes off and does well, the OJ won't be violating anything, either.
Because, you know, people are jerks, and try to go back and say stuff like that, after consent had been given. We had that happen here before, someone came back and tried to say we couldn't have stuff up from years ago ... so, if anything tries to tell you that, just tell them they're dumb, and that you already granted that permission. :) <3
I have plans to publish my world through the 5th edition open game license. I just wanted to make certain that my article concept is free for me to use. Im not making a greyhawk product, nor is there any mention or tie to greyhawk.
I'm no lawyer, but I would caution you that:
1) If you're using the OGL, you can't use any trademarked terms owned by anyone else (like Oerth, Iuz, etc.). So you'll need to scrub everything.
2) If you're planning on publishing on DM's Guild, you can't publish a campaign setting other than Forgotten Realms or Ravenloft.
Its strictly homebrew material with no affiliation to WOTC terms. I made up a dragon kingdoms article for the Oerth Journal. I now am designing my own world and took the concept of a dragon kingdom and put it in my world. There is no reference to Oerth, Greyhawk etc. It will be compliant with the 5th edition open game license. My publisher will make sure its strictly followed. _________________ Eileen of Greyhawk, Prophet of Istus, Messenger of the Gods
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