So this one is kind of pedantic but it's low hanging fruit compared to most everything else we have on the list over in setting, so I wanted to go ahead and let this one out there. It's not a rush at all, so this thread can mosey along compared to any of the others. And if you really couldn't care less about licensing for IP and all that, just wanna RP - this one is safe to ignore. This is only coming up cause I know we have a number of writers and the like on the site.
Our IP policy! We already updated art policy to make use of US Code - Fair Use laws.
I would like to take a look at our text policies next, as it seems to be a reasonable thing to double check to make sure we're up to date. So here's what we have right now:
This thing includes a "Vaxia as co-author" thing, that I'll be honest as far as I know, has never stood a day in any sort of court anywhere. A website is not a human and cannot own authorship rights, and we are not a formal organization or employer to do so either. Any court that did uphold this I would look on with no small amount of annoyance - co-authorship is, from a writer's point of view, actually a LOT more rights being given up than you might otherwise think especially in regards to reuse of the IP in a printed product. Unfortunately the way it's worded would absolutely put the hackles up on a publishing company at the risk that it would get used... It's actually a pretty crappy deal from the contributors point of view.
If I recall there's some history here on why this policy was put in, because one of our contributors in the way distant past basically packed up his toys and went home?
Based on that as the actual need this policy aims to address, I would like to update this policy to one that's a much more modern version of this that has minimal impact on the rights and publishing rights of the original creator of content. Which is to say - I'd like to update us to Creative Commons.
Please take a look around here at the CC site if you're interested in this sort of thing http://creativecommons.org/
The specific license I would suggest putting Vaxia content under is this one: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
That preserves the rights of Vaxia to make use of the materials, but also firmly preserves the rights of the original writer to use the material in a published work if that by luck and happy circumstance becomes an option for them. The authorship remains clear under this license as well. I think it's a lot closer to what the original aim was for the policy it would be replacing - it just does so in such a way that is legally viable.
I know this is kind of a nitpicky sort of thing, it's not terribly important in the process of refreshing setting information and all - but I think it's something we should as a site at least take a look at eventually and it's definitely something I think the site as a whole should weigh in on.
No rush at all on this one, we've got all the time we need for it.