To better protect the assets of this project from misuse, we have decided that any work submitted for use with this project (Legacies of Veridocia) should be released under the...drumroll, please...
CREATIVE COMMONS - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.
I know that's a mouthful, but here. Let's explore what that actually means:http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
- plain languagehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode
Read both links. The first makes the intent of the license clear; the second the the heavy legalese. I know it sucks, but if you want to protect your work, you can do a lot worse.
So, just to be as blunt as I can be:By submitting work for the Legacies of Veridocia project, you agree that you have read and understand this license, and agree that this license applies to your submitted work.
Don't let that discourage you. The license is actually *totally awesome.*
But bear in mind that I am not a lawyer, and the text below is not to be construed as legal counsel.
There are a number of reasons why we have decided to apply this license to any submitted works, most of which are beneficial to you:
+ The CC license linked above is a very "open" license. by releasing work under this license, you are guaranteed that we will not (and cannot legally) use your work for personal profit, and that your work will be credited to you if it is used.
+ A lot of editing happens during the development process; this license ensures that any work of yours that is edited and submitted, will still be attributed to you, and cannot be used for commercial purposes.
+ If anyone uses your work in a way that violates the license, you will have legal recourse. Basically, if someone uses or modifies your work without attribution, you can sue the shit out of them!
+ Your name gets on the credits, even if you only submit one asset!
+ You are still free to use the assets you submit for other projects
+ Your work does not belong to us. It belongs to you
+ This is the big one: You can still use your own work for commercial purposes!
We do have to look after our own hides, and the above applies to us as well. Here's a couple of ways it works to our advantage:
+ The license implies that any work submitted here can be used for the project, or any other projects as long as the terms of the license are observed.
+ If anyone submits work here, and then accuses any of us of stealing their work, it gives us a measure of legal protection. So if you submit or post your work for this project, it is now part of the Creative Commons.
+ This license in particular allows us to edit your submissions to better fit with the aesthetic we are aiming for (as long as your work is attributed as the original. Please keep your original versions for reference!) to give it a more cohesive look and feel. And just to restate: your edited work will still be attributed to you.
Now, there are a few downsides to this:
- If at any point you rescind your work from the project, it still belongs to the creative commons license.
While we will do everything we can to respect the wishes of authors who rescind their work (if you ask us not to use it, we won't.) But take notice:
-Once you apply the license by submitting work, you cannot remove your work from the license. the license is for all intents and purposes, permanent.
- Due to the terms of this license, we cannot accept any work that exists under another license. this includes works from existing games and series. This also includes modifications of otherwise licensed work. We can't take SF2 edits, no matter how good they are.
- If we find that any submitted work belongs to another IP holder or conflicting license, it will necessarily be removed from the forums as quickly as we can. If such content makes it into the finished project, it will need to be removed and replaced. This is not out of spite. We are simply trying to make sure that everything we are doing is protected and legal.
I think I speak for everyone when I say this: We hope none of this discourages you from submitting work, and that you find these terms agreeable. Keep in mind that this is a free, not-for-profit venture; a labor of love.
We want to see this game become a reality, and we want to make sure that anyone who wishes to help work on the project may do so, and have their work attributed and protected.
More reading to better understand how creative commons licenses work:http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Before_Licensinghttp://wiki.creativecommons.org/Frequen ... _Questions
Please contact me if you see any problems with this post. I have done my best to interpret the license and demonstrate some of its less obvious implications, but I am no legal scholar, and am open to the possibility that I could be wrong.
I cannot stress how important this is for the vitality and legal buoyancy of this project.
As a show of good faith, I am declaring that all of the work that I have submitted for Legacies of Veridocia is protected by the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.