Listed here are the plain-English tools that need to be translated into legalese for the licenses to work.

License summary

Unless otherwise indicated, all material on this site is published under a license which allows for use under two sets of terms and conditions. The first set of terms and conditions is a slightly modified Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (BY-NC-SA) license. (The slight modification is to allow for the alternative set of terms explained below to be built into the share-alike license.)

The second set of terms and conditions is available if you want to make money from work you do which incorporates material from this site.

Commercial-use terms and conditions

If you wish to use or distribute an original work which you have created with these materials (hereinafter “the Original Work”) commercially and without the sharealike restrictions on the Original Work itself, you may acquire an automatic license to do so, including publishing, posting online, creating and selling derivative products and onlicensing your product or derivative products to others, by doing the following:

  • Before attempting to commercially publish the Original Work, notifying us of your intent to use OpenWorld material commercially and a very broad outline to our specifications of the planned work(s), which is currently done by completing an entry on the Planned Commercial Uses page; [see Note 1]
  • Including in your completed Original Work and all derivatives acknowledgment of your use of the OpenWorld framework, and attribution of any setting elements you used to their creators; [see Note 2]
  • Agreeing to, once the Original Work is completed and published, notify us of its publication using our preferred method;
  • Granting us an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully paid, royalty-free, fully sub-licensable, worldwide license to:
    • use and share setting elements (including but not limited to plot and character summaries) depicted in your Original Work in the same way as all other material posted on this site, under the same terms, provided any such derivations do not substantially duplicate your original work;
    • additionally, for the purposes of running and promoting the OpenWorld framework only, use, copy, perform, modify, adapt, publish, display, translate, distribute and prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works setting elements that are in your Original Work;
    • post on our Completed Commercial Uses page and in other appropriate sections of the site a summary of the setting elements [see Note 3] one month after the date of publication of the Original Work. If reasonably possible, we ask you to post such summaries on our Completed Commercial Uses page and other appropriate pages yourself within one month of the date of publication of the Original Work.

The current method for notifying us of publication is by completing an entry on the Completed Commercial Uses page. You automatically grant us the license above when you publish an Original Work containing OpenWorld material, whether or not you adhere to the other terms of the license for using such material in your Original Work.

Under no circumstances does this free creative license grant you the right to use any of the material on this site for advertising or promotion of anything other than the Original Work and any other work(s) you have also created using the OpenWorld framework. Advertising or commercial promotion of any other products, services, persons, organisations, or real-world political positions is strictly forbidden. [See Note 4.] If you wish to license any setting element for such purposes, you must do so directly from the creator(s) of that setting element.


1. The Planned Commercial Uses page will be a fixed page asking for the following data:

  • username of creator;
  • creator’s actual name and contact details [to be kept private];
  • form of planned work [eg novel, comic];
  • indication of setting(s) to be used [eg OpenMyth 2.0];
  • rough indication of key setting elements to be used;
  • estimated time of publication;
  • an undertaking to adhere to the terms of the license once the work is published.

Upon completion of the form, a short alphanumeric Creation Code will be assigned to the intended work; this will carry over to the published work should publication be successful.

2. Attribution of OpenWorld material is to consist of a paragraph at a small but legible size, displayed for a readable duration, saying:

This work uses material from the <setting> setting(s) on the OpenWorld shared-world site at <URL>. Specific elements used and their creators include: <itemised list in the format [Item A: creator(s); Item B: creator(s); etc]>. <Setting name> setting originated by <originator of setting>. OpenWorld shared-world framework was created by Philip Minchin and is designed so that people can share fictional settings with fellow creators – if you like this setting feel free to create your own works set here!

In audio-only works, the paragraph may be read at the end of the work. In single-image works (such as paintings) it may be omitted provided that a small but legible OpenWorld logo and the OpenWorld Creation Code are included discreetly in the design, and attribution text is posted near the image wherever practicable.

3. The Completed Commercial Usages page will be a fixed page asking for the following data:

  • username and name of creator;
  • creator’s contact details [to be kept private];
  • form of work [eg novel, comic];
  • indication of setting(s) used [eg OpenMyth 2.0];
  • a summary of the work:
    • plot summary if the work contains narrative;
    • gameplay summary if the work contains game elements;
    • small, low-res image if the work contains a single visual image;
    • short, low-res representative sample image if the work contains multiple images (a series of images, or comic);
    • short, low-res representative audio or audio-visual sample if the work contains audio or audio-visual elements respectively;
    • a list of characters, organisations, locations, major events and other significant setting elements used in the work, with original setting elements introduced in the work marked as such;
    • optionally, a “trailer” or “blurb” summary which avoids spoilers;
  • time and place of publication;
  • a link to (or other indication of) a place the work is available for purchase or other acquisition;
  • a statement that all rights required by the license are granted and all terms of the license are agreed to.

4. Please note that, while this alternative license does not allow for the use of material posted here for political purposes, CC-BY-NC-SA does, provided that they are “non-commercial” political purposes and that your personal endorsement is not falsely implied. I will be suggesting an additional NP (NonPromotional) clause to the Creative Commons license, and if it becomes available will certainly apply it.