I’m not sure how I’ve discussed it on this blog (and, at present, have no interest in looking), but in case I’ve been as coy as I intended, I’m working on a live-action, filmed web series. If everything goes even close to plan it should debut in October.
Oh, and it’s called Speak for Yourself.
Anyway, I’ll talk more about the project creatively at another time. For now, I want to talk licenses. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought, and I think that since this project is going to be experimental in a number of ways, I intend to release this series under a far more open license than I’d normally consider.
My first thought is to use Creative Commons. But I want your opinion. I’ve copied the license information I generated below. Do you think this is my best option? I would like it to be:
- Free to share
- Free to be sampled, sliced or mutated into another project (thought I doubt this will ever happen)
- Not make anyone who isn’t me money unless I’m also making money off of it
- Not used without proper credit and linking being given back to me and my site
- Not used in a work that is distributed in a less free fashion than the license of the show itself.
This license seems to do that, but is there a better one? Sound off. Please. I want to know what your thoughts on the wild world of more open content are.
Anyway, here’s that license:
Speak for Yourself by DSP Films is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at speak.dsp-films.com.
UPDATE 2: I’ve changed this to a license that allows commercial use, provided proper attribution is given and it’s released under the same license. I’ll let this sit and see how it feels.
UPDATE: In looking for music for Speak for Yourself, I’m seeing a lot of music that uses the same license, but without the Non-Commercial bit. Using this music in soundtrack would require the identical license without individual permission being given by the artist to use my license.
Here’s my secondary question: What do you think the downsides of not restricting commercial use would be. Am I opening myself up to, in the absolute, unrealistic, worst case scenario, it getting popular and someone selling it on a DVD and me getting cut out of the loop? Is this something I should even be concerned about?