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I did a google search and read through some license information, blog etc. here and there but I'm just not sure whether I can use CC-BY/CC-0 Music in my OpenSource Project no matter what license I use for that.

Should I use a software license that is compatible with the music I use or look for music that is compatible with whatever software license I am going to use (in case they are not compatible)?

EDIT: To answer the question about changing the music: It doesn't have to be changed, if the license doesn't allow it that'd be ok.

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    The CC BY license is compatible with almost everything. The CC 0 license is compatible with everything. – curiousdannii Jun 16 '16 at 2:18
  • You can use CC-0 for a software project if you want but it is not advised to use CC-BY or any other creative commons license for a software project however: creativecommons.org/faq/… – Zimm i48 Aug 17 '16 at 16:02
  • Are you changing the music file? – Michael Hogan Aug 18 '16 at 16:17
  • @MichaelHogan Not necessarily, but aren't there CC licenses that allow changes to the content? – Minzkraut Aug 19 '16 at 6:24
  • @Minzkraut Yes, but file modification can affect the answer and is useful info others may need to answer your question. – Michael Hogan Aug 19 '16 at 8:58
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Without knowing more details about the software you want to build I would argue, that the music is only data used by your program. As such neither your program is a derivative work of the music, nor the other way around. This would mean, that you can freely chose the Free Software license you prefer for your project.

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They are compatible with almost everything.

When using CC-0 you have the right to do everything and when using CC-By you just need to give credits to the creator and point out changes. For example in the Readme.md

  • CC-BY also requires you to note changes. – curiousdannii Jun 17 '16 at 19:03
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    CC0 in no way gives you the right to do anything. Default copyright laws still apply: in some places, moral rights can't be revoked. – Zizouz212 Jun 18 '16 at 20:19
  • @Zizouz212 CC0 grants a very permissive copyright license as a backup. – EMBLEM Jul 18 '16 at 18:52
  • @EMBLEM Which still can't override laws. – Zizouz212 Jul 18 '16 at 22:39

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