DB Copyright Release
As many of you know, the Dark Brotherhood established a policy after the Exodus governing member contributions, the owner of those and the use of those by the Brotherhood. You can find that policy on the CoJ site under "Dark Brotherhood Copyright Information on Membership Submissions." Some members, upon permanently leaving the club, have invoked their rights under this policy, and we can no longer use their works.
Along with the policy has been a long-standing practice of certain members to waive their rights under the policy. The waiver, in essence, gives the Brotherhood a license to use the member's contributions indefinitely and without threat of removal. Up to this point, these agreements have been "verbal" in nature in IRC conversations between Jac and the member.
After some discussion, Sarin, Jac and I have decided to put this waiver to writing. Specifically, this was done in response to Jac's voluntary waiver of his rights. As is obvious, Jac has written, coded, drawn, or worked on much of what we all use on a day-to-day basis. He feels that it would be unfair to the Brotherhood to keep such a strong hold over the current Grand Master. The ability to blackmail the new Grand Master with the removal of his works is inconsistent with the type of atmosphere Jac worked to build. As such, he has taken the initiative to voluntarily waive his rights to his work. I applaud and
thank him for his thoughtfulness in this.
The form for making such a waiver is now posted on the Chamber of Justice website (and linked below) with the members' works policy. There is absolutely no requirement that you sign it, nor will you be held back or gain any favors in the DB for signing it. If you would, however, like to voluntarily submit the waiver, simply fill out the form and send it to myself and Sarin.
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