Free Music License?

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Mon Aug 15 10:04:22 UTC 2005

Hi Roland,

On Sun, Aug 14, 2005 at 08:03:58AM +0200, Roland H├Ąder wrote:
> What abount a license which gurantees that also the music made for a 
> software project - GNU GPL'ed or compatible, of course -is *free*?

for practical purposes I would put sound effects
and musical scores under GNU GPL if they are closely tight to a software
under GNU GPL.

> I mean, we already a license for software (GNU GPL) and also for 
> documentation (FDL) but no license for music (FML = Free Music 
> License?). But you cannot compare music with software nor 
> documentation. Music is different to them.

There have been a few initiatives.

E.g. the CD done by Linuxtag e.V. in 2001:
it uses Green and Yellow OpenMusic Licenses.
I do not remember all the details.

There are more, it would be interesting to first make a survey about
the licenses already used. Then we would need to find answer to the
question: What freedom does music need and why?

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