Shared Cinematic Universe License Agreement v1.0 (SCULA)
A repository of works officially released under the terms of the SCULA, which allows commericial and non-commercial third-party derivatives under a set of clear, human-readable guidelines. This agreement is made publicly available for anyone to use as a copyright alternative for their intellectual property.
SCULA TEXT v1.0
[NAME OF PROJECT] Shared Cinematic Universe License & Agreement 1.0
A. The [NAME OF PROJECT] series of programs (The Project) were first produced and put out into the Universe in 2010 by [NAME OF COPYRIGHT HOLDER] (The Creator).
B. The Creator created The Project from scratch. As creator, The Creator owns the copyrights to The Project and its creative elements.
C. The Creator welcomes viewers, of course. The more The Project viewers, the better. Expand the community. Tell your friends.
D. The Creator, quite unusually, welcomes community members to create their own original variations, adaptations, and spin-offs of The Project, provided that the new creators agree to all of the following terms.
- You affirm your understanding that The Creator owns the copyright to all the The Project episodes that The Creator has already created or will create. That includes the stories, scripts, characters, dialogue, designs, costumes, make-up, props, cinematography, music and everything else that goes into any motion picture.
- The Creator grants you a conditional, free, non-exclusive license to make and distribute your own variations, adaptations or spin-offs of The Project. Really. You own the copyright to your creation, as a derivative work based on The Project. This explicitly includes video, the written word, live theater, music, the visual arts, and dramatic entertainments.
- BUT, “Share-Alike” applies. It’s a condition of your license. You must expressly allow other folks to make free use of whatever you create for further variations, adaptations or spin-offs of The Project including use of whatever new elements you create. That means that you must include or link to this license and state explicitly that your work is released under the terms of the [NAME OF PROJECT] Shared Cinematic Universe License & Agreement. If you don’t “Share-Alike,” you lose your license.
- “Attribution” also applies. It’s a condition of your license. You have to give prominent credit to The Creator, to The Project, and to the creators of any subsequent work you use to make your work. And you have to give prominent on-line links to the The Project web-site and to the web-sites of any other works that you used to make your work. Crediting third-party works is by necessity a good faith effort—as more works by more creators are created using this license, it is possible that tracing originating works may become difficult. Keep an online record of the credits for your work that can updated as necessary with missing third-party credits. (The Project Wiki is a good place to list your project and credited works.) If you don’t give “Attribution,” you lose your license.
- “Transformation” counts too. It’s a condition of your license. You can’t just copy all or parts of The Project or someone else’s work. You have to create something original. In other words, we welcome you to create a transformative work, that uses but is not a mere copy of The Project or someone else’s work.
- “Integrity” is required. It’s a condition of your license. Be careful and smart when you create your work. The license from The Creator doesn’t mean that all new elements you use are OK. Don’t rip off anyone! For example, if you add new characters, or you add music, or you use a new story line, or you use someone else’s trademarks, artworks or words in your work, be sure they are original or that you get written permission from the copyright owners of those new elements. You agree to be solely responsible for claims and damages if you don’t have the integrity to do this right, and that includes indemnifying others who thereafter use any of your elements to create their own new works.
- “Keep It Clean.” It’s a condition of your license. If The Creator perceives your derivative work to be hateful, racist, or misogynist, The Creator reserves the right to void your license and you agree that, among other remedies, The Creator can compel the immediate removal of the The Project name from your work or (in extreme cases) the immediate removal of the work from distribution.
- “The Project CANON STATUS” – If you’d like your creation to be recognized as part of the official The Project Canon, you must acquire approval from The Creator’s The Project Story Team before, during, or after you create your work. The Project Canon Status will be granted at The Creator’s discretion based on its Story Team’s determination that your completed work fits creatively within the overall narrative of the The Project universe as conceived by The Creator. Yes, this is vague—but we can’t make it more specific. It’s at The Creator’s discretion. The advantage of receiving The Project Canon Status is you can use the The Project Canon logo on your work and be an official part of the story. If you generate any profits from your The Project Canon work you agree to give The Creator 10% of your net profits to be used by The Creator solely to support this experiment in the creation of collective art. Your accounting and payments should be done as revenue comes in but let’s face it, The Creator is not likely to sue you if you haven’t paid a hundred dollars. You are becoming a member of a community and we rely upon you to do the right thing for the community. If you seem to be cheating, The Creator can at its discretion revoke your Canon Status.
- “Limits on Re-use.” It’s a condition of your license. This license does not grant you the right to use or license any The Project footage, other than what is wholly original with or created by you, for broadcast television, cable television, theatrical exhibitions (except at conventions and festivals), subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services, “over the top” delivery services (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon), without getting explicit written permission from all the copyright holders. Violation of this obligation will revoke your license and you will be responsible for any claims arising from your violation, including without limitation any claims from any entertainment industry union or guild.
- Your attribution must take the following form:
The Project London: The Plague Years is copyright ©2018 John Doe and is released under the terms of The Project Shared Cinematic Universe License and Agreement:
Attribution: This work is based on The Project, copyright ©[YEAR] [COPYRIGHT HOLDER], and reuses content from The Project: Melbourne, copyright @2018 Jane Doe.
Share-alike: You are free to use, remix, and transform this work in the creation of your original The Project stories and projects, subject to the The Project Shared Cinematic Universe License & Agreement
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(And, if approved by the The Project Story Team)
The Project CANON: The Project London: The Plague Years has been approved as an official part of the The Project Shared Cinematic Universe story.
Printed works must also reproduce this complete license in their text.
This is an effort at a plain-English agreement but don’t misunderstand. This is a contract. If you don’t understand what is said, get professional advice. If you agree to all the terms and conditions set forth above, then show your acceptance by printing and emailing a signed and dated copy of this license agreement to [YOUR EMAIL].