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Freesounds which aren't and the creative commons Sampling+ license

My attention was recently directed to "thefreesoundproject"
(http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/). This is a project which purports to
provide 'free' audio samples for use in the production of music. The
content on the site is licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling+
license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/sampling+/1.0/).

Most people would expect, based on the fact that the express intention
of the site is to provide samples for use in your own productions,
that the word 'free' in the title is a reference to freedom as well as
price.  However, in that expectation you would be gravely mislead: the
CC Sampling+ license makes a ridiculous nature of use restriction (not
for use in promotion or advertisements) which is purports to impose on
works which make any use of Sampling+ content.

As such, it would appear to me that content (say, video game music)
created using some amount of Sampling+ content would be insufficiently
free for inclusion in Debian proper. Here we create a horrible
situation where authors who intend to make a free work could quite
easily produce a work which was tided up by the reserved rights of
dozens of authors, any of which could block the truely free
publication of the work.

Has this subject come up here already?

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