Years ago, TSR releases D&D and supported it under the guidance of its creator and a lot of creative designers. They encourage players to create and share. The company and D&D boomed. That was phase 1.
In phase 2, TSR changed leadership, put out a new edition, stopped allowing third-party publishing, laid off a lot of talent, increased quantity of products while decreasing the content quality, and TSR began harassing D&D fans on the Internet. The company died and the D&D IP was bought by Wizards of the Coast.
A new age of D&D begins...
Phase 1: WotC released D&D 3 and supplements with a lot of talented designers. They encourage players to create and share. The company and D&D booms.
Phase 2: WotC has a change of leadership, puts out a new edition, jettisons the OGL, lays off a lot of talent, the company begins harassing D&D fans on the Internet…
Will history repeat itself? Since I don’t like what WotC is doing with 4e, I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing the D&D brand and worlds go to someone else.
Purely as a "what if" exercise, even if you think it's a snowball's chance that Wizards would lose D&D (or be forced to sell it by Hasbro accountants), who do you think would be best positioned to pick up the brand and continue it, if anyone? Paizo? Green Ronin? Another big non-RPG company?