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June 2, 2007

Creative Commons Music (instrumental) Licenses in Plain English

If you’re an artist trying to understand which type of creative commons license to assign to your new work. Here are the six different license types translated from “lawyer-speak” to “artist-speak”. Enjoy:

Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives:

“Please download my short story about growing up Amish and share it with others. But list me in your credits. And don’t alter my work…. or make money from it”

Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike:

“Alter my dogfight recordings and make them into something of your own. But license that new work exactly as I did…. and don’t make money from it.”

Attribution Non-commercial:

“Alter my plankton illustrations and make something new, but list me in your credits…. and don’t make money from it.”

Attribution No Derivatives:

“Share my home-made colonoscopy footage with everyone. Make money if you can. But list me in your credits and do not alter my work.”

Attribution Share Alike:

“Share my poems. Alter my poems. Make money from my poems. Whatever. Just list me in the credits and license your new work exactly as I licensed you my poems.”

Attribution:
“Mangle, exploit, share, distribute, make money from and alter my work as much as you like. Just list me in your credits so I can get famous and quit this day job. “

Albums such as http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/new-age-2.html and http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/royalty-free-soundtrack.html would sound great in your creative commons creations. Check ‘em out.


Posted 7 years, 5 months ago on June 2, 2007
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