While this blog is mostly about 3rd party application developers being allowed to charge users money for using their apps once they purchase a license from CCP for $99 per year, the shit storm stems from the following statements in the blog:
Wait, what? Non-commercial websites? What the hell are they?
- Simple process - Sign up on a webpage, get started straight away
- Inexpensive - $99 per year, no other fees
- Developer-friendly - Very few restrictions
- Open-ended - You can charge subscription fees, receive donations, sell your app in an app-store and more
- Non-commercial websites and apps will now require a (free) license
Grueling legal detailsOk, fansites. Like this one. Seems odd but I get it. Protect the IP and all that. Hopefully it is not used to shut down blogs and websites that say things they don't like but it feels more like having to show they are making an effort to protect their IP in order to fight real threats to their IP.
- CCP also allows non-commercial apps and services, subject to simple clickwrap agreement substantially similar to the one that is provided to registered fansites.
Will services for in-game currency require a commercial license?
Yes, if you require any sort of payment for your services you will need a commercial license.
I am assuming in this case "services" refers to out of game services or this statement is ludicrous, but even in that case this means that people like Rixx Javix who make banners for ISK, or Somer's lottery service, or even podcasters that charge ISK for advertises would require a $99 dollar per year commercial license.
THIS MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL.
This smells of some idiot lawyer trying to cover some obscure legal base and screwing every awesome non-real-dollar service out there. This will have a massive dampening effect and is the most stupid thing I can imagine. I kind of wonder if this is a result of PLEX and Aurum in game and tying, however tangentially, real money to ISK. Regardless, its insane.
CCP, fix this. Claim it was a draft, a typo, anything, but fix this shit now.