Creative Commons and Licensing

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Creative Commons and Licensing

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CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) is a public domain dedication that waives all copyright, as well as related or neighboring rights, to a work. This means that anyone can use the work in any way they want without asking for permission from the original creator.

There are a few benefits to using CC0 licensing in game development. First, it makes it easier for developers to find and use high-quality assets. Second, it encourages collaboration and sharing of resources. Third, it can help to reduce the cost of game development. We have previously covered two authors named Kenney and Quaternius within our blog that showcases our own usage of CC0 content within our platform.

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Traditional License Types

In the realm of art, particularly in game development, you encounter a diverse array of asset types that are combined to create a final product. Alongside these assets, there are always distinct licensing models that determine how you can utilize the art or brand image in your derivative content. The following are standard license types commonly found on most asset marketplaces:

Royalty-free: Utilize the 3D asset worldwide across all types of media and for all kinds of uses, whether commercial or non-commercial, in all forms of derivative works.

Editorial: Use 3D assets only in connection with events that are newsworthy or of public interest, such as news articles, documentaries, or creations of cultural value. They may not be used for any commercial or promotional purposes.

One caveat regarding editorial licensing and the usage of branded content within your work is that not all brands allow the use of such content. Examples of this include brands that revolve solely around their branding, like FIFA or the NBA, and their protection of their intellectual property. Therefore, it's important to think twice and verify which usage is permitted by each brand.

Editorial Restrictions

Top CC0 Online Resources

If you are a game developer who is interested in using CC0 licensing, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, you need to make sure that the assets you want to use are actually licensed under CC0. Second, you need to be aware of the potential drawbacks of using CC0 licensing, as mentioned above.

Here are some examples of how CC0 licensing is being used in game development:

  • Looking for 3D or 2D content for your games, maybe even the UI and music to go along with it? Then Kenney has you covered in spades!
  • Quaternius: One of the hidden gems of the 3D world Quaternius supplies a wide range of content for game development and even the full characters with animation setups!
  • Sketchfab: Easily one of the largest asset marketplaces in the world they provide you with the ability to search for an umber of Creative Commons licensing models.
  • OpenGameArt: Another website that offers a wide variety of free CC0 game assets.
  • A platform for independent game developers, and many games on use CC0 assets.

Of course, there are also some potential drawbacks to using CC0 licensing. For example, it could make it more difficult for developers to protect their own intellectual property. Additionally, some developers may not be comfortable with the idea of giving up all control over their work. Finally, you should be sure to give credit to the original creators of the assets you use. This is not required under CC0, but it is a courtesy that is appreciated by most creators.

To unlock a wealth of tips and tricks, make sure to visit our YouTube channel or check out our official Discord, where we delve into the ins and outs of these features and many other tools that will guide you on your creative journey!

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