For a long time I’ve allowed indie filmmakers, game developers and media artists to download my music for free use in their productions, so long as the production was non-commercial, and I was credited. But, I’ve always been a bit confused about the legal implications of me simply stating this… whether I could enforce a simple statement in the situation that my music gets used commercially.
So, in an effort to clear this up (especially for myself), I’m adopting the Creative Commons ‘Attribution-NonCommercial License’ for music downloads available on this website. You can read more about this license at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/.
The answer is… YES! The beauty about the specific license I’ve chosen, is that nothing has really changed from how I allowed my music to be used before the license. This means that you are free to use my music in your project, but only if:
- Your project is non-commercial (for commercial projects, contact me for licensing)
- You credit me (see the music page for more details on how to credit)
- You contact me to let me know you are using my music.
WHY DID I CHOOSE CREATIVE COMMONS?
I’m working on another post in response to this – but simply, I wanted a way to clarify how my music can be used legally. I want to allow for my music to distributed freely and fairly, so all you indie peeps out there looking for a good tune for your project can get one. But I also want to have a legal standing in the case of illegal commercial use of my music – it allows me to clearly state what you are allowed to do with my music when you click download.
I’ll post a bigger article in the next day or so about CC, about what it stands for and why it’s good for communal creativity. But in the meantime… I’m going to a Chemistry lecture.