Since everyone has been asking about the Minecraft EULA "changes", and what will happen with the server, I thought it would be a good idea to make a new post about it so everyone will get to read it.
The EULA hasn't been changed for years and servers were never allowed to sell anything. Mojang just has never enforced it and has even encouraged servers (at Minecon 2013, not too long ago) to continue what they are doing. They even gave them their own panel to talk about how to run a server and monetize it. The reason their EULA has gotten so much attention recently is because one of Mojang's developers stated his opinion about servers
making money (which was negative). Everyone started to exaggerate and make up rumors. Notch tweeted multiple times that "nothing has changed since years." No one knows whether they will actually enforce it or not. They know the damage it would do to Minecraft and they also know that EULAs are extremely hard to enforce anywhere in the world. If they decide to enforce it by blacklisting servers (which is most than likely not the case), then servers will go cracked.
What happens if for any reason server owners do have to comply with the EULA changes? First of all, everything (by everything, I mean EVERYTHING) that you have purchased BEFORE August 1st will be permanent and will not be changed in any way. In fact, your account might even gain value because you will have things that others may not have a chance to get. Other than that, everything else will depend on how supportive people will still be with only being able to purchase cosmetic things. Servers (I'm speaking for all bigger servers) may have to downgrade their hardware resulting in less performance, possibly more downtime, and less slots. Production (plugins, servers, games, etc) will most likely decrease a lot. DDoS Protection may or may not be affordable anymore. Whether this will actually happen, no one knows. Will the server shut down? No. I just want to remind you what Notch has said multiple times: "nothing has changed."