[cc-community] music under CC ...-ND as background music in a game?
chair at openindieproject.org
Mon Feb 20 13:03:43 EST 2012
Or does a dynamic fade-out already counts as "alter"? Like a level is finished
early and the music stops playing early?
Ah yes, this is not a Sing Star or Guitar Hero game, more like another XYZ
egoshooter, so the music can be replaceable without any affects on the game.
As far as I understand this (I am sure others will be able to correct me if I am wrong):
Your "fade-out" will be controlled by the software or will you actually modify the source media so the fade-out is present in the "recording"? If it is software
controlled then (AFAIK) it is similar to turning the volume on your PC. You wouldn't be making modifications to the music. In addition to this, I think
that modification refers to changing the actual content. I read somewhere that converting an image (published under the CC does) to monochrome does not
constitute a derivative so I would assume that adding fade-ins/outs to audio would similarly not be classed as a derivative. But again I couldn't say for sure.
Best thing I would advise, if you are not completely sure and it is possible to do so, contact the content creator and
explain what you are doing. If you are correct in thinking you are able to make use of it, at the very least, the original
creator might appreciate knowing someone is using their work.
It also means that, should the licence chosen by the creator cause problems for your project, the creator can give you
permission to use it in the manner which you wish to and so you are not in breach of the licence (if they wish to grant extra permissions).
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