youngk wrote:@ beni
One last Question though: What to do about licensing? The songs I create don't have a license yet and I was told that you know quite a bit about CC licensing. Could you fill me in on the points that I need to think about before I apply a license to my music?
Well I'm not Beni but since you were so kind to not interrupt me while I was solving my exercises last wednesday, I guess I owe you an answer.
CC is an abbreviation for Creative Commons and is the name of a bunch of licenses for creative content (like music, images, models, ...). There are six licenses, each of them with different rights and constrictions. You find them here
We're using the CC-by-sa 3.0 license (here
). This means, you can redistribute our work, for free or commercial, in total or just parts of it, modified or unmodified, as long you mention the original author and use a compatible license.
The CC-by-sa license is comparable to the GPL, but the GPL is for code (afair it contains terms like 'code' or 'compile' that really don't work for media files).
You may now ask why we use a license that allows commercial use (the GPL does this too). This is because Orxonox could be included in Linux distributions on a DVD of a computer journal. Additonally most Linux packet managers use only free packages by default, non-free have to be allowed explicitly.
We already had some discussions in the team about this topic, because we don't really want people to earn money with Orxonox. But we also don't want to restrict the distribution of Orxonox and of course our code has to be licensed under GPL, because other code we use enforces this. One possibility would be to create a non-free package with additional media files which has to be downloaded separately by the user. We never really agreed on such a solution because there was no need for it. But if you really have some concerns to license your music under CC-by-sa, this could be an option (of course I'm by far not the only one to decide this
I hope this was somewhat understandable. Licensing is a tedious thing, but if we don't do it right, no one can share Orxonox legally, which would be quite a shame.