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Started by Ben Lehman, November 18, 2005, 08:17:08 PM
Quote from: Victor GijsbersI am a huge fan of all things open source and copyleft, and am actually kind of disappointed that so few indie-designers release a Creative Commons version of their game. In this respect, the indie-RPG scene compares very unfavourably with, say, the Interactive Fiction scene.
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Quote from: Ben Lehman on November 18, 2005, 08:17:08 PMThey do not, generally, apply to game design. Game designs are processes, not texts.
Quote from: Ben Lehman on November 18, 2005, 08:17:08 PMOften, they take away more rights than they grant. For instance, use of Creative Commons or GPL can take away your ability to sell your own creative work for a profit.
Quote from: Ben Lehman on November 18, 2005, 08:17:08 PMSuch licences usually downplay or fail to mention that most of the material could be used under fair use, without a need for conversion to their particular copyright viewpoint.
Quote from: Ben Lehman on November 18, 2005, 08:17:08 PMThese licences are often incompatible with each other, meaning that each one gets isolated in its own little creative community and can't share with others.
Quote from: Ben Lehman on November 18, 2005, 08:17:08 PMI want to use some bits in my next game, which I'm going to charge for. If Bob didn't have the CC licence, I could just write to him and ask if I could use them or licence them from him. Since he does, however, he is likely to just say "piss off and use CC like everyone else," effectively making that licence to use parts of his work the most expensive possible -- it costs me %100 of my gross.
Quote from: Ben Lehman on November 18, 2005, 08:17:08 PMIt is his is the second most important, really ( #1 is the most). Copyright law is actually quite sensible and generally does rational things. It is not a giant monster. It does not over-extend into stupidity. Fair use is quote robust. Taking inspiration from others work is not, nor has ever been, a crime.
Quote from: Ben Lehman on November 18, 2005, 08:17:08 PMQuite frankly, I see the whole "copy-left" thing as being a victim of that disinformation campaign. Most of the rights that they are looking for are already in the laws. We don't need to embroil ourselves in hopelessly complicated boilerplate licences that take away our rights in order to be a thriving artistic community.
Quote from: axonrg on November 25, 2005, 09:35:49 AMFurthermore, it is a common misconception but there is nothing in either the CCPL or the GPL that removes your ability to sell your work for profit (unless you use the objectionable NonCommercial license option in the Creative Commons).