[LAU] creating open source sample libs. (Was: Re: Experiment One - For Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra. Music and a short review of the sample library)

Simon Wise simonzwise at gmail.com
Thu Aug 16 12:07:26 UTC 2012

On 16/08/12 19:35, Paul Davis wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 4:49 AM, Nils<list at nilsgey.de>  wrote:
>> Am Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:22:22 -0300
>> schrieb Marcel Bonnet<marcelbonnet at gmail.com>:
>>> Hi, there.
>>> What about these samples
>> http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/thesoundexchange/make_music/samples/library/
>>> ?
>>> "License: You are free to use these samples as you wish, including
>>> releasing them as part of a commercial work. The only restriction is
>>> they must not be sold or made available 'as is' (i.e. as sampler or as
>>> a sampler instrument)."

>> Hello Marcel,
>> the License means that you can't compile the samples in soundfont,
>> gigastudio, kontakt etc. file. I guess the intention of the license is
>> to prevent .sfz as well, although technically you could argue that the
>> samples are still "as is" in sfz format, there is only a meta file
>> added. But the same is true if you compress them and include metadata,
>> so the case could be made for any sampler format.
> if you really wanted to set things up so that many people could use them,
> you could distribute them as-is with a script that generated an sfz, or as
> a script that fetched them from the original site, and then generated an
> sfz. the license wording though is really non-sensical, and in fact as it
> is written, my interpretation would be "you cannot give these to anyone
> else in the form in which you have received them ("as-is") - if you
> distribute them it must be free of charge and in some OTHER format".

It seems to me the license is trying to say you can use the samples to make a 
piece of music with, that the samples can be used to make commercial music etc, 
and that that work can be distributed ... but they cannot be distributed as a 
full set of samples.

So ... it is saying you can use the individual samples as notes in a work, (i.e. 
in some other format than a sample collection) but you can't distribute them as 
a set of samples, (i.e. in the form you got them). It makes sense, it seems the 
author does not want them distributed as a sample library. It may not be clear 
or unambiguous legally but the intention seems clear.


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