GPL Free Culture Addendum

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GPLv3 Free Culture Addendum

The original multimedia files in the <THE-PROGRAM> data/ directory are licensed under version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3). The terminology in section 1 of the GPLv3 (namely: "source code", "preferred form", and "object code"), as it relates to the binary data of this project, is explicitly defined below.

The "object code" is explicitly defined here to be the binary files (audio, video, images, 3D models, fonts, etc.), which are loaded by or embedded into the <THE-PROGRAM> program.

The "source code" or "preferred form of the work" is explicitly defined here, to be any and all resources (such as binary data, editor project files, meta-data, declarative texts, scripts, and source code of helper programs), that are necessary to accomplish all of the following tasks, using only widely-available free software:

  • reconstruct the associated "object code" artifacts, completely and accurately
  • modify the fully decomposed "preferred form" sources, directly and independently
  • compose the original sources along with modified and replacement sources, interchangeably
  • generate equivalent modified versions of the associated artifacts

Examples of "source code" or the "preferred form of the work" include:

  • "artifacts": such as a composed (mixed-down) .webm, .png, .ogg, .wav, etc
  • "binary data": such are the individual elements that compose the "artifacts" (image layers, sound tracks, etc.)
  • "meta-data" and "declarative texts": such as 3D models, animations, edit decision lists/cue sheets, CSS, etc.
  • "scripts" and "source code of helpers": such as ImageMagick scripts, GIMP plugins, openGL shaders, etc.
  • "editor project files": such as .blend, .xcf, .psd, .aup, .ardour, etc.
  • "widely-available free software": such as Blender, GIMP, Inkscape, Audacity, Ardour, etc.

The definitions above should not be construed as exhaustive. However, the intention is analogous to the GPL distinction of complete corresponding source code vs. compiled binary executables. Likewise, with any digital art-form, it is assumed to be self-evident to any competent digital artist, which properties generally qualify the prepared end-results, ready for end-user consumption, as distinct from everything else, which would not be particularly interesting to a consumer, but would be significantly helpful or essential to a producer. This addendum explicitly requires that: "everything else".