Which opensource license to use?
Originally I was going Gnu, but concerned that it's overly restrictive for me,
the creator, and for other users, such as mixing and matching.
I next have considered the Mozilla PL, but unsure on that.
Now considering once of the CC (Creative Commons) licenses, not sure how that
might apply though. Still researching.
What I want is to make the source freely available.
Allow others to use the source, but they have to also provide it for free to
If they use my source, they have to give full credit/attribution, but without
having to ask permission to modify as they wish.
I would prefer that it can not be "ripped off" from me by another entity, not
sure if that's at all possible with any of the open licenses or not (except
maybe CC gives a variant maybe?). Meaning they build their own project on it
commercially, and though may still "offer" the source code, don't make it
very well known that it's available, and they capitalize while the original
I want developers to help support it, and so I need to work on community
building once i have enough of a code base to be worth releasing.
What about revenue possibilities?
I would like to accept donations (piddly).
Offer technical support packages (unlikely with this type of product).
Offer special "modules/plugins" at a small fee $5-$20 bucks or so.
This would be like offering an already made rpg system one can just download
The reason I would have to charge is because I would likely have to enter into
license negotiations for these plugins, with the RPG company that owns that
particular game, d20 for example, of course maybe can do open d2 license
there. will have to see.
Just some thoughts I figured I would put out there.
In the long run, I am fine if i do not make a dime on this project (as long as
no one else does off my sweat), as long as it gets well developed and ends up
becoming used in the rpg paper and dice world in a ubiquitous fashion.
This will require a decent network of users (i already have those
connections), and some developers (so far I'm a developer community of 1).
Hopefully, as I get the base out there, that part will change. It is the part
that matters most to me, getting this to be a quality decent, cross platform,
cross rpg system, open source utility.
Time (and effort) will tell.
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