|1 person marked this as a favorite.|
Anyone else have input on this?
I think the problem is that without seeing the OGL statements from the actual book, we can't really guide you.
There will be the OGL (a big block of text That wil start like this:
of the Coast, Inc. (“Wizards”). All Rights Reserved.
1. Definitions: (a) “Contributors” means the copyright and/or trademark owners who have
contributed Open Game Content;
and probably a product identity block, potentially in the credits page up front, for example
oldest fantasy roleplaying game.
Product Identity: The following items are hereby identified as Product Identity, as defined in the Open Game License version 1.0a, Section 1(e), and are not Open
Content: All trademarks, registered trademarks, proper names (characters, deities, etc.), dialogue, plots, storylines, locations, characters, artwork, and trade dress.
(Elements that have previously been designated as Open Game Content or are in the public domain are not included in this declaration.)
Open Content: Except for material designated as Product Identity (see above), the game mechanics of this Paizo game product are Open Game Content,
as defined in the Open Game License version 1.0a Section 1(d). No portion of this work other than the material designated as Open Game Content may be
reproduced in any form without written permission.
If it's got the OGL, and the items you want to quote are not excluded by the product identity statement, then as long as the way you are distributing the item includes the OGL, and the copy of the OGL includes steam & steel in it's Section 15, you should be covered
Open Game License v 1.0a © 2000, Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
System Reference Document © 2000, Wizards of the Coast, Inc.; Authors: Jonathan Tweet,
Monte Cook, and Skip Williams, based on material by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.
Kobold Quarterly, Issue 7 © 2008, Open Design LLC, www.koboldquarterly.com; Authors:
John Baichtal, Wolfgang Baur, Ross Byers, Matthew Cicci, John Flemming, Jeremy Jones, Derek
Kagemann, Phillip Larwood, Richard Pett, and Stan!
Animal Lord, Cat Lord from the Tome of Horrors Complete © 2011, Necromancer Games,
Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author: Scott Greene, based on original
material by Gary Gygax.
Aurumvorax from the Tome of Horrors Complete © 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published
and distributed by Frog God Games; Author: Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary
Mihstu from the Tome of Horrors Complete © 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and
distributed by Frog God Games; Author: Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax.
Pathfinder Adventure Path #87: The Choking Tower © 2014, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Ron Lundeen,
with Paris Crenshaw, Mark Garringer, Patrick Renie, and Amber E. Scott.
So, if I were interested in distributing the main bad guy from Chocking tower for example, I would look at his bit in the book. I would then need to go through it looking to see if any items in him were part of that product identity. His name would have to be removed first off, and most of the background on him would also have to come out, under the plots/storylines bit. If the statblock mentioned a God he worshipped (for example if he were a cleric), that would also have to come out, and any equipment, spells or feats including proper names would have to be removed (for example, if he had a Cayden's cup, that would need to come out, and something similar but not the same would have to go in - the best example is how Pathfinder has Mage's Sword, but the 3.5 handbook has a different name for the same spell. What you'd likely be left with is the statblock on it's own.
I am not a lawyer, and even if I were,it wouldn't be wise to take my advice based on what you'd supplied me (or without paying me!), but if you're just distributing for friends, or even distributing publiclly but for free, getting the OGL attached with a correctly completed Section 15 included should easily cover you. If you were planning to sell it on, it'd be worth paying a Copyright or at least Business Lawyer to sit down with the book, and the OGL and give you concrete advice on what to do, or at least general guidelines on how to implement the OGL, but from how you describe it? Nothing you'd do would be prticularly wrong, and certainly not wrong or big enough to earn a Cease & Desist notice, let alone a suit.
TLDR of above; copy the ogl straight, Only include things on the List you quote from the book, you're fine.