emeraldimp wrote:I favor more free when possible. I prefer CC-BY-SA myself (though it's arguable whether most of the typesets I've done would qualify), because it seems to be the right balance: you can do whatever you want, but if someone distributes the typeset, anyone who receives it knows where they can find the original, and what they can do with it, even if the distributer tries to restrict it (I've known some that do).
imslp wrote:If we want, we can write off the whole issue as minor because I highly doubt that such nitpicking would actually evolve into court cases (I mean, the files *are* offered for free in the first place, so its not like there's a monetary incentive to sue).
Leonard Vertighel wrote:If one doesn't want money for it, why restrict it to NC in the first place? And conversely, if someone does expect remuneration for commercial usage, why wouldn't that be an incentive to sue? To me, this sounds like sweeping the issue under the rug.
Could it be of any use to ask the people at Mutopia about it? They currently admit three licenses, cc-by, cc-by-sa, and pd. Maybe they have already thought about the consequences...
imslp wrote:I have not checked the license on this one, so I may be wrong, but won't any recording of a performance of a work licensed under CC-BY-SA also be required to be licensed under CC-BY-SA or similar? How much do we want the performance to be restricted by the license of the "edition"?
I think the entire issue stems from the fact that the CC licenses were designed with literary works in mind, and not music works. I don't blame them; music is not something that is intuitive to design licenses for... especially with the composition/performance divide in western classical music.
I can understand why someone would want to put their re-typeset under a N-C license, for example, to prevent commercial publication of the typeset. I'm pretty sure that the side effect of no commercial performance was not intentional, but would it be a legal issue that should be dealt with? Or is that part practically unenforcible as to be negligible?
By the way, I'm going to restrict the use of the "public domain" (and other non-permitted copyright tags) for the corresponding submissions ("typeset", "scan", etc) on the file submission page itself, so that you no longer have to go around asking everyone which license they put the file under, Carolus
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