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Elephants Dream License Explained


Creative Commons LogoElephants Dream is the first Open Source movie. This doesn't just mean that Open Source software was used to produce it, but that all the production files will be Open Source as well! So, if you don't like one scene or you want to change it you can fire up Blender, load the files and go ahead. The files will be published under a Creative Commons license.

Ton has written a very clear explanation of the 'Creative Commons Attribute' license on the Orange Blog. He writes:

The movie “Elephants Dream” and all data on the DVDs and almost all of the contents on this website is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribute license. In short, this means you can freely reuse and distribute this content, also commercially, for as long you provide a proper attribution.


This is the first time such a large collection of files get launched under ‘the commons', and therefore still a bit complex to grasp what to credit when exactly. The guidelines above are just meant to ensure that attribution happens in a reasonable way. If in doubt, use the third choice above.

No confusing/unreadable legal talk here, but straight to the point and with a bunch of useful examples.

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. I am planning to show the movie to my Computer Graphics class at Catania University.
    This of course when I will get the DVD (when? when? I can't wait!)
    May I do that without asking permission to anyone? The public performance of the DVD is allowed without any other obligation than to give credits at the great Orange team?


  2. In the blog it says, "You can organize a screening in a cinema, and charge an entrance fee for it. Just include the movie credits in the screening." So, I think you are good to go giogallo.

  3. I'm eager to see the messed up renditions of Elephants Dream scenes that are going to surface on Elysiun (oops, sorry, it's now) in the months and years to come. Anything is possible, from simply recutting the movie to... who knows? :) Maybe we'll see someone modify the animation and use the characters to advertise something in a Superbowl commercial someday. hehe

  4. An example of what can be done with a CC license:
    I have realized in surround 5.1 and stereo format my work of sound design on the Elephants Dream movie, and I'm still showing it in different festival. You can see the work on my website linked in my nickname.


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