license & soundfont

Toby Smithe tsmithe at
Mon Apr 7 08:56:15 BST 2008

On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 12:35 AM, Cory K. <coryisatm at> wrote:
>  This is one place where there is sometimes a difference in
>  Debian/Ubuntu. I've seen quite a bit of CC items go into Ubuntu. All the
>  Ubuntu Studio art for one. Tango I believe is another case.
>  I think it depends on the specific CC license.

Look here: [0]

My first guess was that the only problem would be with Non-Commercial,
which doesn't give all users equal rights to use the software. Would
Canonical be using the package commercially, by providing it in a
distribution with commercial support? The same applies for No

However, it seems that there are many more problems with the
BY-attribution licence than with NC, owing to ambiguities and drafting
technicalities, rather than the specific nature of the licence being
incompatible with the goal of the project.

So, I would recommend against using the CC licences, even if the NC or
ND licence was never to be considered, and even if Ubuntu is more
relaxed on its terms of distribution (for who is really going to start
legal action on Canonical because of a technicality in a licence
that's trying to be Free?), because I'm sure at some point this
package - as opposed to the Ubuntu Studio art - will be distributed by
Debian, too.

Now, having written all that (damn!), I've just found these sites:
[1][2][3]. This informs me that there is now a version 3 of the
licences, which appears to resolve Debian's issues. It is still not
clear whether a package under version 3 would be accepted, but I am
pretty certain that it would, especially considering that
ubuntustudio-look etc (version 2.5? Not sure what the status of this
is, either...) provided in Ubuntu.

Considering this is so tentative, I would nonetheless advise against
choosing a CC licence, unless someone wants to write debian-legal to
confirm the status. Choose something more certain!

I'm keen to hear what the subject of this discussion is: Philipp, are
you creating a new SoundFont? :D

Have fun,



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