[cc-community] Freely licensed content question(s)
hancock at anansispaceworks.com
Wed Oct 24 02:28:14 EDT 2007
> Just curious about a couple of things dealing with freely licensed
> material and Revver. I'd like to incorporate some images that are CC
> Attribution, CC Sharealike and GFDL into a video that I would post
> using Revver. Does the fact that the resulting video license is a CC
> NC ND license prevent me from using the images that are licensed that
For CC-By, there is no problem -- it makes no copyleft requirement. You
will of course have to attribute the work in the titles to your video
(unless your use is "fair use").
For the others, this is a question of "fair use". If your work can
reasonably be called a "derivative" of these images, then your video
will need to follow copyleft.
OTOH, if this rule were applied everytime a copyrighted image appeared
somewhere in a film, there would not be many films made! So many ways of
using an image in a video would fall under "fair use" (possibly called
"fair dealing" depending on your jurisdiction).
For example, if you are taking video of a scene and there are
copyrighted fliers on a wall, or copyrighted book covers in a scene, or
trademarked goods (of course), then these are probably NOT affected by
OTOH, if you are actually creating an animation using the images as
backgrounds, or perhaps doing a documentary-style zoom/pan treatment of
the images, then it's quite probable that copyright would affect you --
and in that case, so does copyleft.
Anything in between probably requires a lawyer.
You could, of course, request permission from the author, either for
free or for pay, to include their work in your video, just as you can
for any other copyrighted work. Your chances are probably a bit better
with people who were willing to license their works freely -- but OTOH,
they may not like your new licensing terms, and it may be you have to
change them (or not use the work).
I'd worry less about cross-licensing GFDL to CC-By-SA or vice-versa,
because in those cases, most authors will probably grant you the
alternate license (not all, but most people view them as roughly
equivalent in effect).
Of course, IANAL, TINLA.
Terry Hancock (hancock at AnansiSpaceworks.com)
Anansi Spaceworks http://www.AnansiSpaceworks.com
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