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This is the License designed for Tutorials, .blend example files, still images and animations. It is more restrictive than the Blender Documentation License and is thought to protect more the intellectual rights of the artist producing the Tutorial/Blend File/Still/Animation. (Loosely adapted from Perl Artistic License)
Authors can of course choose the less restrictive Blender Documentation License, but no material will be hosted on the Foundation Site unless it abides to one of these two licenses.
It is highly advisable to prepare a zipped package containing, besides the Tutorial etc. files, a file called LICENSE containing this license.
If you are distributing a .blend file alone it is still advisable to add a LICENSE file, otherwise you can add the license in a text buffer of Blender and make sure it shows up when opening the file.
If you are releasing binary files like printable tutorials and you don't want to include the whole license (why wouldn't you?) or are releasing single images or animations, you can also add, in the text, in a corner of the image or in the last frames the wording:
(C) *Year* *your name* - released under Blender Artistic License - www.blender.org
Herebelow, the License Itself:
The "Blender Artistic License" Preamble: The intent of this document is to state the conditions under which a Tutorial guide, a Blender file, a still image or an animation (in the following all four will be addressed as 'Item') may be copied, such that the Copyright Holder maintains some semblance of artistic control over the development of the Item, while giving the users of the package the right to use and distribute the Item in a more-or-less customary fashion, plus the right to make reasonable modifications. Definitions: "Item" refers to the collection of files distributed by the Copyright Holder, and derivatives of that collection of files created through textual modification, binary modification, image processing, format translation and/or modifications using Blender. "Standard Version" refers to such a Item if it has not been modified, or has been modified in accordance with the wishes of the Copyright Holder as specified below. "Copyright Holder" is whoever is named in the copyright or copyrights for the Item. "You" is you, if you're thinking about copying or distributing this Item. "Reasonable copying fee" is whatever you can justify on the basis of media cost, duplication charges, time of people involved, and so on. (You will not be required to justify it to the Copyright Holder, but only to the computing community at large as a market that must bear the fee.) "Freely Available" means that no fee is charged for the Item itself, though there may be fees involved in handling the Item. It also means that recipients of the Item may redistribute it under the same conditions they received it. 1. You may make and give away verbatim copies of the Standard Version of this Item without restriction, provided that you duplicate all of the original copyright notices and associated disclaimers. 2. You may apply any modification derived from the Public Domain or from the Copyright Holder. An Item modified in such a way shall still be considered the Standard Version. 3. You may otherwise modify your copy of this Item in any way, provided that you insert a prominent notice in each changed file - except images - stating how and when you changed that file, that you keep note in a separate text file of any change/deletion/addition of images, and provided that you do at least ONE of the following: a) place your modifications in the Public Domain or otherwise make them Freely Available, such as by posting said modifications to Usenet or an equivalent medium, or placing the modifications on a major archive site such as Blender Foundation www.blender.org, or by allowing the Copyright Holder to include your modifications in the Standard Version of the Package. b) use the modified Item only within your corporation or organization. c) make other distribution arrangements with the Copyright Holder. 4. You may distribute this Item electronically, provided that you do at least ONE of the following: a) distribute a Standard Version together with instructions (in a README file, in a text window of Blender) on where to get the Standard Version. b) make other distribution arrangements with the Copyright Holder. 5. If this Item is a Tutorial documentation or a still image you can redistribute it as hard copy, provided that you do at least ONE of the following: a) distribute a printout of Standard Version with at most mere typesetting changes, stating clearly who is the Copyright holder and where to get the Standard Version. b) make other distribution arrangements with the Copyright Holder. 6. You may charge a reasonable copying fee for any distribution of this Item. You may not charge a fee for this Item itself. However, you may distribute this Item in aggregate with other (possibly commercial) programs as part of a larger (possibly commercial) software distribution provided that you do not advertise this Item as a product of your own. 6. If this Item is a Blender File the rendered output from it obtained via Blender does not automatically fall under the copyright of this Item, but belongs to whoever generated them, and may be sold commercially, and may be aggregated with this Item. 7. The name of the Copyright Holder may not be used to endorse or promote products derived from this Item without specific prior written permission. 8. THIS ITEM IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.