Monday, December 26, 2011

Creative Commons Ain't That Easy...

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Free Music - Ain't No Such Thing


The first thing I decided to do on my new ventures was start finding some Free Music. Something that couldn't be taken down my YouTube. Needless to say, this proved to be a little more difficult than I first suspected. I ran into nearly as many roadblocks here as I did regarding the copyrighted stuff.


The Licenses


cc-byThis license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

I think this is the one that most people usually think of first when it comes to Creative Commons. The one that would allow you to use a piece of music in a vid without getting in trouble with the Copyright Gods. Unfortunately, this is not the only one and mot music you find will be under one of the more restrictive licenses.

cc-by-saThis license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

This is the one that I've found is the license many people choose. And this is a problem. It's that ShareAlike term. If you use music with this license you need to use the same license on the work you've created. This, in turn, allows anyone else to use your work in their projects, even if they want to create something for profit. So if you've created a piece you'd like to possibly bring to the commercial realm at some time in the future someone else could come along and use it before you get a chance.

cc-by-ndThis license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

This is a fairly useless license for vidders. You can not, under any circumstances, change it, And putting it behind moving images is just that.

cc-by-ncThis license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

This would be a wonderful license to find as long as all your want to do is vid something. They allow you to use the music in any way you wish so long as you don't profit from it.

cc-by-nc-saThis license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

cc-by-nc-ndThis license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

We won't even go into this one as it's useless to a vidder.

In Conclusion


I thought I'd be able to quickly find some excellent music to use behind my new original artwork. Music that wouldn't cause me grief. I did find the music but so much of it carried the ShareAlike license. And frankly I'm not ready to just let my work be taken and possibly used in someone else's commercial work. A non-commercial project, maybe! But not if it means they could take it and run with it - without me...

I hope I'm wrong about this particular license and that it's not quite a restrictive as I think it is. That's where the legal advice will come in.

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