Bukkit is apart of Mojang, do you people really not look and do research? Mojang partly is helping Bukkit, so Bukkit must comply with Mojang and is technically owned by Mojang now (or to say is owned).
Learn something, before spouting nonsense about Bukkit immunity to this new EULA changes people.
You might want to learn something yourself. Bukkit is not owned by Mojang. Many of the core staff members were hired by Mojang, but Bukkit itself was not part of that deal. However, the point is moot in that Bukkit is still subject to the EULA as I already said (making this part of your post kind of pointless).
Good riddance to such servers who sell things or force you to make donations to have any fun. Not to say, the amount of lies such server owners give is ludicrous. If you are having to rent a server cluster, you are seriously not running a small server anymore, you are running an business. Given this being multiplayer, you are now running a full fledged MMO at business level and must either pay for it yourself or get a business contract from the games owner to conduct such commercial business to your players by selling ingame benefits or items. You cannot up and sell things to pay for the server you should be responsible for in first place to pay for. If you are running a sever that has 10k+ people on it, you are not running a normal game server. You are running a business considered level MMO. If you cannot afford it, then you don't run it. Players do not have to pay for something like this and shouldn't in order to have fun. Lets not even go with how peer pressure works, oh but if I don't buy that, then my friends wont like me.
Server owners have no rights to sell things that belong to a game they do not own without that of a written business contract (or written permission to say).
So, because you either don't have money or don't want to spend money for extras, they are evil? If you don't like the experience a server offers, don't play on said server. Many servers that offer paid perks have communities that fully support it. You're telling me that those communities are wrong to enjoy a server with thousands of people despite having to pay for some perks? I'm sorry, but no.
People, servers aren't the problem. Parents letting their children purchase things that are overpriced is the problem. Its a parental issue, end of story. However, Mojang is in their right to control their own game and we're in our right to find other platforms for our content (which is exactly what I personally am doing).
I will be moving any new features I design for modding content to some other platform (currently looking at http://minetest.net) instead. This is disappointing to me as I enjoyed designing Ender Storage, the crafting grid for Translocators and other mod concepts that I gave to the community. However, hopefully the new community I work with will enjoy my content as much as this one has...and noone but me will control that content.
Are we allowed to open a t-shirt shop online for the server/community to get money to pay for the server hosting? Or does Mojang has something to do with that too?
Yes, you can do that according to the new EULA. The external merchandise as long as it doesn't infringe on any of Mojangs intellectual properties, patents or trademarks is extremely acceptable. Especially since it doesn't affect game play within the server.
all I can say to the people that love that mojang is doing thisyou all say you hate the servers that ask for donations for perks..well the thing is there are way more servers out there that asks for donations some do it with the intent of just making enough to run their servers and some are greedy and want to make a career out of minecraft..I take donations on my server and its not a pvp server .donations like unlimited set homes a magic carpet things of that sort.and my rules on donator perks has always been you cant use them in pvp or you will lose them I also give a no questions asked 2 week money back.and now a small server like mine might have to shut down(I pay for a dedicated server)we started on a minecraft host paying 8 dollars a gb of ram..It did sucked the lag wasd bad but still made some money and as we grew i did buy more ram until we had enough to go to a deddicated system..so I belive that some servers do go way over boardd on the amount the charge for perks.i chage 10 dollars a perk we have 7 possible perks so 70 dollars max you can donate and if you spend 50 you get all 7 so 20 dollars off..no perk can be used for pvp..I dont see nothing wrong with my system..you might I work a full time job and play on minecraft partime and have never had a complaint about my donation system by any member..I understand why mojang has to do this but to lump all servers as bad for donations I think is wrong...
Is this some how connected with the fact that while all my server stuff seems to be working just fine, and I have checked everything I know to be the usual issues, my friends can not connect to my sever now, no matter what server/game version we are using? And can you opt out of /having/ to charge people to play on your server? I don't want to have to charge my friends for game time.
Wouldn't it be illegal for them to track you IP? That's Private.. Pretty sure I could just sue them for invading privacy.
Any website, forum or any other online Admin can easily see your computer's IP, though some forums only show enough of the number so it can be cross checked. This is how they are capable of doing things like banning any user on a specific computer, rather then just a user account. They ban the computer's IP address.
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I have a scenario question please.
Equal gameplay to all... Does this mean "equal gameplay to all whom are online"?
My scenario is as follows... I admin on a 100% vanilla server. The server knows when there is a new donation. It states that there is a new donation by person via a tellraw and say command in command blocks. Hypothetically, would it be legal for, when a new donation occurs, everyone [online] gets 1 diamond?
I don't intend to do that, but it contains the idea / principle that I'm curious about. Does that fall into the category of "fair gameplay"?
Please anyone whom has this all figured out, give me some feedback.
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Let me clear some things up for some people without being Bias.
Basically Mojang (as claimed by Notch) receives to many emails from parents wanting there money back from a server they donated to. Yes I perfectly agree that this can be annoying but please know this is lawfully breaking the EULA (End users License Agreement). I do feel that Mojang should crack down on this case. As my OPINION (Bias incoming) I do feel they shouldn't go this far with server crackdown donating. I do believe servers should state (where players donate) that donations are not associated with Mojang and that the server should be sued or accused for hard-earned money problems. However (more bias incoming) I do feel players should be able to donate for items still and such; It will be that communities problem not mojangs. Mojang has let this slip and they know about it and didn't really care. (Back to facts) Now you still can donate to servers; But it has to be for Cosmetic items or just out of the pure of your heart. You can still donate for things that will not effect direct gameplay. Like cats or animals or a cool hat or a rank (Yes ranks are allowed; But that rank may only come with purely Cosmetic things and prefixes/suffixes if you want; It just can't effect gameplay). This means no Armor, Swords, Golden apples, blocks etc.. Now they do mention in the Q&A Follow up they posted on Monday (6/16/14) That players can still donate for Non-Cosmetic things; However if a player donates for these Non Cosmetic things (Armor/Swords/XP Orbs) it must be given out to ALL the players that join and on server. Like if a player donates for XP for 15 minutes; Every player must get this XP (Whether they joined before or during the 15 minutes). (Bias Opinion incoming): Now I do feel that cutting servers off like this could possibly crash Minecraft MultiPlayer mode. If Mojang did this at an earlier state in Minecraft it wouldn't matter so much since there weren't servers like Hypixel or Sky's or MinePlex didn't exist but in the late process of things it does matter, This is just my opinion on what could happen. Everyone (As Mojang stated in there Monitisation posts) has until August 1st 2014 to agree to these new EULA (End Users License agreement). Hope this cleared some things up!
like i said in my previous post i do not liked the p2w servers never did and if mojang is enforcing the eula because of complaints from parents.they should take those complaints and investigate the servers being complained about.not targeting every server.if yoou really think about it thats the only way they can enforce the eula there are just to many servers to check out and im sure monjang does not want to be in the policing buisness..so i do belive that servers that dont get any complaints will not be enforced..just think about it the shear number of servers what is there at any given time 100 thousand 200 thousand.they dont have the man power to check them all out so that have to have a system to enforce.and what would be the best imo using a complaint system.
I've recently donated to a server, and I REALLY don't understand what the problem is. Do you want to keep playing on the server? Then you need people to buy things like ranks on it. I mean, come on, if your going to buy a rank, and there's no description about what you're getting, then don't buy it! You might be unhappy with it. .-. And, hate to break it to ya, you won't get your money back. On some servers, the owners will let the people with ranks test new mini games. It also gives them kits, and I'll admit, sometimes they're a bit too OP, sometimes they aren't though, and you just have some VIP (or whatever the server calls it) exclusive kits. Sometimes the rank is like $5, and sometimes its $150. But I mean, come on, WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would spend $150 dollars on a MINECRAFT server (unless they're like, rich or something)... But I think that Mojang doesn't need to control what the server owners get to do. Sometimes when your about to buy a rank, it'll say something like this: "If you have any questions/problems, contact server staff, DO NOT contact Mojang or Buycraft (example of something servers use for the players to buy ranks). So, these people contacting MOJANG about it, well, aren't listening (unless it doesn't say that, then, oh well). Sorry if I make no sense, I don't always make much sense but whatever. But, if you read all this and agree/disagree, well, feel free to tell me Thanks!
Added: Also, not ALL servers cheat you for money. MOJANG, if you're annoyed with this, then just GET RID OF THE SERVERS THAT DO IT (well, if you can)! Thanks!