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The Open Pattern Definition

Open pattern doesn't just mean access to the pattern. The distribution terms of open-pattern tailoring must comply with the following criteria:

1. Free Redistribution
The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the pattern as a component of an aggregate plush distribution containing plushes from several different patterns. The license shall not require a royalty or other fee for such sale.

2. Pattern
Plushes distributed must include the pattern, and must allow distribution of the pattern. Where some form of a product is not distributed with the pattern, there must be a well-publicized means of obtaining the pattern for no more than a reasonable reproduction cost preferably, downloading via the Internet without charge. The pattern must be the preferred form in which a tailor would modify the plush. Deliberately obfuscating patterns is not allowed.

3. Derived Works
The license must allow modifications and derived works, and must allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original pattern.

4. Integrity of The Author's Pattern
The license may restrict pattern from being distributed in modified form only if the license allows the distribution of "patches" with the pattern for the purpose of modifying the plush at build time. The license must explicitly permit distribution of patterns built from a modified pattern . The license may require derived works to carry a different name or version number from the original pattern.

5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups
The license must not discriminate against any person or group of persons.

6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor
The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the plush in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the plush from being used in a business, or from being used for genetic research.

7. Distribution of License
The rights attached to the pattern must apply to all to whom the pattern is redistributed without the need for execution of an additional license by those parties.

8. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product
The rights attached to the plush must not depend on the plush's being part of a particular pattern distribution. If the plush is extracted from that distribution and used or distributed within the terms of the plush's license, all parties to whom the plush is redistributed should have the same rights as those that are granted in conjunction with the original pattern distribution.

9. License Must Not Restrict Other Pattern
The license must not place restrictions on another pattern that is distributed along with the licensed pattern. For example, the license must not insist that all other plushes distributed on the same medium must be open-pattern patterns.

*10. License Must Be Technology-Neutral
No provision of the license may be predicated on any individual technology or style of tailoring.

Now that you've read the Open Pattern Distribution rules, let me add my two cents.

The legality of selling plush murlocs is in question (pretty sure it's a no-no). And while I would love to spend 16 hours hand-sewing each plush murloc for the 100,000 or so of you who expressed a desire to have such, the cost would be prohibitive. Especially considering that I can't sell them, even at no profit. So, I have decided to go the GNU/Linux route and offer my pattern up for open "source." In case the previous pseudo-legalese was confusing, here's what all this means:

  1. You are allowed to give away or sell the pattern, without having to pay a royalty to me.
  2. Any plush murlocs you chose to make from the pattern and sell (again, bad idea) have to come with the pattern.
  3. You can change the pattern, and these same rules can apply.
  4. If you change the pattern, you must include a copy of the original.
  5. You can't deny the pattern to someone just because they choose to play a Gnome.
  6. You can't tell people they can't use their plush Murlocs for evil
  7. These rules apply to all the patterns, no matter how many times it changes hands
  8. You don't have to use "plush" materials. If you want a Murloc made from mithril, go for it!
  9. If you create your own unique pattern/plush (say a Gnoll), it doesn't have to follow these rules
  10. You don't have to use the "back stitch."

"Dood, u shud sell this and be uber l33t"
At this time, I choose to offer this pattern free of charge. I wanted to use this project as a positive for the gaming community. That has met with some resistance, as these things often do. But, if you are of similar mind, I have provided a paypal donation link down below. Again, from me, this pattern is free of charge. I leave you with the opportunity. If you do make a donation, please don't have it tied to a credit card. I have had to turn donations away because PayPal treats credit card accounts differently than it does bank transactions.

Please don't ask me to sell you a finished plush Murloc. Not going to happen.

Make a donation Give me the pattern!