Re: [Legal -again-] Contributions

From: Raelyn Sweebe (destiny@VOYAGER.NET)
Date: 08/16/97

Andrew Helm wrote:

> > Okay, so is it okay for persons/players to donate money for use for
> a
> > internet connection (that should be okay) that is used for a mud?
> >
> > So, they're not donating money for the mud itself, but it will aid
> the mud
> > in it's connection and status (ie: up and running).
> >
> > Is that acceptable? The donations are not a money generating thing,
> but are
> > used to keep the system alive for the mud to run on.
> Go to and read
> it.
> In particular there is a line that reads:
>         If you are a CircleMUD administrator, You must not accept
>      any type of reimbursement for money spent out of pocket for
>      running CircleMUD, i.e., for equipment expenses or fees
>      incurred from service providers.
> It's pretty clear. :)
> However, whether it's legally valid is another matter. I've once
> heard someone say that it's beyond the license's powers to prevent
> a person from sending money by his/her own free will (ie- donations).
> The law is always a tricky thing. Laws in the US are weird, for
> instance,
> churches can offer "free" donuts after mass and have a donation can
> sitting right next to them or offer "free" items over the phone while
> requesting a donation at the same time.
> The legal validity of parts of the license aside, I would not try to
> accept donations for running a CircleMUD if I were you. The author's
> intentions are clear, and it would be damned rude to go against them.
> If you really want to have the community help support your mud there
> are three options you can take: find a free server, write your own
> mud, or send e-mail to Jeremy and talk it over with him.
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   The best option I see if if players want to make donations set up an
account with your server as well as a help file for the people who run
the server, if players want to make donations have them give them
directly to the admin at the server so the server can improve itself.

Eclipse of Fate 7777

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