Hi, i’ve got a background modding servers in ARMA, and am looking at GMod to expand into. In ARMA, there are strict rules what servers can and cannot monetize on penalty of having your server revoked, and the jist of it is:
You cannot monetize someone else’s addon(Mod) without their written permission, and they may revoke it at any time.
You cannot port assets from other games into your mod at all.
You cannot force users to pay for exclusive, “better” items. No pay to win basically is how that one usually gets interpreted.
You must register your server with Bohemia to monetize it.
However, with some research, I see a whole lot of servers generating revenue using mods they didn’t contact the author for, I see a ton of copyrighted trademarks in the form of assets and even in server names themselves, and you can buy pretty much anything in the right server.
What can an author do to protect his work, or does he not own it?
What consequences could a server/developer face for breaking rules?
TLDR, has there been any official “guidelines” or “rules” released on server monitisation, or is it completely laissez faire?