What does the Standard License cover?

Good question...because it covers a lot! We are referring to the word “standard” literally here: this license we’ve intended to cover as much real-world usage as possible.

This is a non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, non-transferable, worldwide, perpetual limited license. This license grants a single use of the Clip in question to create one Licensed Work, which you may distribute worldwide across all media now known or ever created (the future is so exciting!), but that you cannot sell, distribute, or display in exchange for consideration of any kind.

So, speaking of the real world, let’s just break all this license jargon down into some simple bullets so that you know exactly what this standard entails:

  • Client Restrictions: None! Celebrate the success of your—of our—peers and encourage them to know what’s best for them to do to grow in their craft.
  • Lifespan: Perpetual. That’s a fancy way of saying “forever”. If you’re a bit commitment-phobic, this may seem intimidating, but we just want to make sure this license lasts you for a while, is all.
  • Distribution: Worldwide. Or galactic if we end up on Mars soon. Not even the earth’s atmosphere should stand between you and a well-told story!
  • Media: Any media, now known or ever to be created. This includes everything from TV, to the Internet, to even board room presentations. Maybe one day this will include holograms! We’re just making sure you’ve got your future self covered—whatever way that person happens to manifest.
  • Content: Almost anything goes! But what doesn’t go? Content that is illegal, pornographic, defamatory, or otherwise generally considered unethical.
  • Uses: Single Use. Yes, you can only use this license once. We don’t do this to be stingy, but to ensure that the blood, sweat, tears, and cheers of our filmmaking community are celebrated, respected, and appropriately rewarded. So each license is good for a single use, which includes time-based edits to your work, like a 60-second presentation along with its 30-second edit. What “single use” doesn’t include, however, are different versions. Think about the context in which the licensed work appears, where much of the content is the same, but there is some different content included or excluded, ordered differently, or edited to greatly different tone: that is a different “version”.

This last point we aren’t bulleting because we want you to consider it in all of its glory. This is the special sauce that differentiates “Standard” from “Extended”—which we’ll reiterate in the next question in this FAQ.

The Standard License does not allow, in any capacity, the sale of the Licensed Work (the final piece, work, or film in which the licensed story is used), or the limiting of access to the Licensed Work due to restriction by payment.

This means the Standard License prohibits use of the licensed story with DVD sales, paid television access, theater access, or with content accessible only via payment for or within an app. Even if the payment isn’t money.

If it’s worth something, like a service or trade or a chicken, it still counts as payment.

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