Hello fine folks! Since I'm a young (and broke) developer, making a Rhythm game, and can't compose even if my life depended on it. So I had to turn to other artists for music to use.
In terms of usage, a single song will have a level dedicated to it, and its involvement with the rest of the game stops there. The game will be shipped with a functional editor, that allows for the level to be remixed as well (presumably fulfilling the part of the "Share-Alike" or something) If I'm correct.
This of course, created some problems and confusion.
Before diving deep and using and using a track, I'd be best to have these questions answered.
PS: If it doesn't make sense of what I'm trying to do, just look at Geometry Dash and OSU! It's pretty much the same thing.
-CC Share-alike: Does this mean that If I use a single track with this license, the whole game will have to share that license? Or just the level its used in?
If its the whole game, then does it mean I have to release the entire source code for some other person to release at their leisure? (Even though I made the whole code/assets/everything else. While the artist's content is on only a single isolated level?)
If its only the level its used in, then no problem.
-CC No Derivatives: Not really sure about this one... Its confusing, does a remix count? Or just its plain usage? I'm not planning to remix it, but either pauses, other sound effects, or a player finishing early will inevitably cause this to an arguable extent.
The base game will also be sold. But the "Commercial" part of the CC licenses seems easy enough to comprehend.
Lastly, since the game supports an editor, user generated content will be an inevitability. They will use their own music (most likely just glossing over its copyright) and make a level for it. Will I have to be liable for the level that the user created since they used my game? Or it's the user's responsibility?
I only wish to make it out there without being sued to oblivion, in the meantime, helping out some generous artists.
Best of luck for other fellow creators!