[cc-licenses] choosing a new license at freesound, please help
Bram @ Freesound
freesound at iua.upf.edu
Wed Oct 25 12:03:27 EDT 2006
I hope to comment on your email more in depth, but let's start with the
basics. I re-arranged a bit...
> [...] Such an analysis would, however, be quite lengthy, so I'd like
> to know if other people on this list would be interested in joining
Freesound is very rapidly becoming a (if not 'the') reference for sound
effect up/downloads on the web, if it not already is. I would really
immensely appreciate any effort from anyone on this matter.
> I would be interested in attempting such an analysis, but first I would
> need to know:
> (a) what do you mean exactly with "a sample being more than a sample"
Some freesound samples are long ( > 3 minutes ) of sounds "observed" by
someone on the street. I don't know if there is any legal difference
between the 100 millisecond sound of a bass drum and 3 minutes of the
sound of children playing in the fairground.
I'm guessing there might be a legal difference between a sound recorded
by someone and a sound generated-and-recorded by someone.
Some people consider their samples (or recordings) entire works of art
Then again, all of these might be completely irrelevant. I do not think
I am qualified of replying to that, hence my confusing remark.
> (b) if you are only interested in Spanish copyright law or not (I
> understand the Freesound project is based at the UPF, hence in
> Barcelona, hence in Catalonya, hence in Spain, at least as far as
> copyright law is concerned)
No, I'm interesting in worldwide law. While the *server* of freesound
might be in Spain, both *uploaders* (all 822 of them and rising) of
sounds and *downloaders* (all 180000 of them and rising) are very much
spread worldwide. I'm guessing -hoping!- that the particular location of
our server has no legal repercussions on freesound as a whole.
If this issue is relevant -> If the location of the server is of essence
then what happens when we start setting up mirrors elsewhere?
> Besides the fact that I am not someone from CC, I think it might be
> helpful to try and breakdown all the various issues which you think are
> most urgent.
0. is there a legal difference between "music" and "samples"/"sound
effects"? Conceptually this is an impossible question to answer, but
perhaps courts of law have a different opinion?
1. is the Sampling+ a "valid" or "good" or "correct" license to apply to
sound effects? (I think the answer can be a powerful "no")
2. which -if any- of the CC licenses could or can be used for sound
samples and what are the differences -in both legalese and idiot-proof
wording- between using those particular licenses.
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