Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ahh, No Problem Finding Music, Right?

spindleWhen I began this new path I knew that my music selection would not be as diverse as it was previously. I'd just have to see a tiny portion of some TV show and it would instantly bring to mind some TV theme which I could use in a mashup. Those were the days. But things are different now.

But I didn't realize HOW different it would really be. Yes, I am finding a certain amount of music and yes, some of it rather good. But there's a problem I hadn't counted on. Some due to the restrictions on the Creative Commons licenses and oths due to just what people think is good music. I reference Sturgeon's Law 1 ]

Creative Commons

1. NonCommercial-NoDerivs-CC BY-NC-ND :

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.

This is the most restrictive part of any of the CC licenses. You have this music for free but you are not allowed to use it as the music for your vid. This effectively makes this music unusable for vidding. I just wish there was a way to filter out this license when I'm searching for vidding music. On most sites all the licenses are mixed together.


2. NoDerivs-CC BY-ND :

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.

Not as bad as number 1 but still useless for vidding.

3. NonCommercial-ShareAlike-CC BY-NC-SA :

cc-by-nc-saThis license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

Not as restrictive as either of the No-Derivative licenses but it could put a damper on some future projects. Although you can alter this music for your vids you are constricted to the fact you need to label you vid with the exact same license.

That means that if someone wants to, they could use your project in a commercial venture.

But it gets worse...

How Could It Get Worse?

Take a look at this nifty little chart.


Chart from opencontent.org - Noncommercial Isn’t the Problem, ShareAlike Is

It contains the Creative Commons licenses and which ones they are compatible with. Notice there are 100 squares in the chart but only 33 smiley faces. That means that only 33% of the Creative Commons licenses are compatible.

How is a vidder supposed to determine that? No wonder so many people just ignore it.

I'll just continue to search for more sites where this free music can be found. And just like the Forty-Niners during the gold rush occasionally I find a nugget of pure gold after sifting through a web site for hours [ and hours and hours ].



1 ] Sturgeon's Law states "Ninety percent of everything is crap".

1 comment:

  1. What a mess!!! I can understand why we all just take our chances and use our favorite music or what we feel is 'perfect' for Youtube. Best success on this new venture. So far so good!

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