Creative Commons is a great license system, and for those of you who like open source, I encourage you to get on board. Licenses are effective in various countries, but the team at Creative Commons are working hard to make it popular all over the world. I think it’s a great solution to the issues associated with copyright and the internet.
Sovereign; Copyright and License
Sovereign is an open source board game by opensourceboardgame.org licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. It derives from www.opensourceboardgame.org.
Sovereign uses BY-SA Creative Commons License. This ultimately means you can reproduce, distribute, alter and even sell the game, or parts related to the game. However, there are two conditions; one is that you acknowledge the original author (opensourceboardgame.org) and the other is that your duplicate, or variation, must carry the same license with it. This means any product created from the material on this site must be as equally accessible. This is an unusual situation for game material, which are generally highly protected IPs under copyright, but hey, I’d like to set a new trend! Any changes to the license can only be done by opensourceboardgame.org.
While I understand not everyone will appreciate and abide by the rules set by Creative Commons, I implore you to keep an eye out for offenders and choose not to participate. Feel free to contact us so that we can follow this up with them. If you need any clarification please visit the Creative Commons site, or contact me directly.