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Message 9792 - Posted: 16 Oct 2009, 11:10:16 UTC

After a great deal of delays we've finally arrived at the optimal licensing solution for the sessions rendered on BURP:
When the migration ends we will change to the Creative Commons (a.k.a. CC) licenses.

Artists will be able to chose what people can and cannot do with their .blend-files as well as with the rendered output. In general, though, the CC licenses encourages openness and sharing within the community and many of the licenses are very similar to the current BURP license.

You can read about the suite of licenses here

One key difference is that artists may always re-license their work under a different license. This means that the rendered output can become "more open" over time. It also means that artists are always allowed to gain a profit from their work - and sometimes the community too. All of the licenses allow people to view and share the work freely as long as they give proper attribution (typically in the form of a copyright and CC-note) to the artist who made it.

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Message 9793 - Posted: 16 Oct 2009, 11:27:34 UTC - in response to Message 9792.

During previous discussions a group of people were concerned with the idea of rendering animations that may be used for commercial purposes - even though the animations are made freely available to the community.
Unfortunately there is no easy solution for this. Due to legal concerns we cannot currently provide a coupling between artists who want to guarantee non-commercialness and the people who want to only render animations which can only be used non-commercially. The essence of the problem is that we can not trust the artist to be telling the truth, and if he/she is lying it is bound to backfire onto the project.

If you fall into the category of people who do not wish to contribute to the renderfarm if the animations may be used commercially - even if they can always be viewed and shared for free - there is unfortunately no other solution than to detach your machines from the project until we have found a way to better support you. I'm sorry.

For the rest of the community: I hope you enjoy the new and more open licensing system. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what people will use this for.

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Message 14773 - Posted: 11 Oct 2016, 1:37:15 UTC - in response to Message 9793.
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I have a question about the licences : when you upload a project and select "full rights reserved", is it still downloadable in CATS by other users ?

Also, if some copyright infringement led to legal proceedings (say someone applying an inappropriate licence while using copyrighted content), would BURP (and by BURP I mean you) get in some trouble ?
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Message 14777 - Posted: 11 Oct 2016, 16:39:20 UTC
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You can select amongst the Creative Commons licenses for the rendered output. All of those licenses allow sharing in some way and all of the rendered frames are available through the website, through the image API and in CATS.
You can also select to share your scene file(s) if you like. Currently this doesn't do anything but the plan is to make the original scene available on the download page together with the rendered videos (or the stills if it is not an animation) if you do so.
So the answer is yes.

With regard to incorrectly licensed uploads we do the very best we can to spot this early and inform the uploader. There has been a few such examples and in all cases the issue was resolved fairly quickly and in a satisfactory manner. For the past few years all rejections and comments also appear publicly in the forum thread for that particular session - if you are interested you can browse that section of the forum.
Also, there is a way for rights holders to report abuse or infringement in a more formal way than the forum (you probably know this from other service providers like Youtube etc.) where an evaluation of the content may result in removal and possibly further actions against an account holder. BURP is complying with both EU and (even though we don't have to) US law on the matter.
You are welcome to read more about other Creative Commons Platforms like Wikipedia, The Internet Archive etc. - they handle it the same way.
Creative Commons is based on copyrights, so naturally we are quite keen on helping out rights owners if there is any kind of trouble.

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Message 14778 - Posted: 11 Oct 2016, 17:44:50 UTC - in response to Message 14777.

Thanks a lot, although you answered my first question by takling about CC licences, while my question was about the other licence : the original copyright "©" with full rights reserved, so I still don't know if this one lets everyone download your images.
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Message 14781 - Posted: 12 Oct 2016, 16:40:52 UTC - in response to Message 14778.
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I'm not entirely sure I follow.

The rendered output is licensed under one of the CC licenses, always.
Completely unrelated to this you may choose to also license the .blend under a CC license but it isn't a requirement; it can stay under the standard copyright if that is how you like it.
There are two different things potentially being licensed.
CATS is used to download rendered output.

Maybe I misunderstood your question.

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Message 14782 - Posted: 13 Oct 2016, 2:10:35 UTC - in response to Message 14781.
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I'm very sorry, I didn't read the configure session page thoroughly enough and didn't realize the first licence selection (the one for the output files) doesn't feature the copyright licence.

Also, my second question was more like : "would BURP endorse any responsibility if some copyright strike happened ?" I guess not and hope not, but sometimes laws are confusing, and I'm interested in understanding them better. So I'll read more documentation about copyrights I guess.
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