LinuxTag Yellow OpenMusic License
Draft v1.1, 22 April 2001


The OpenMusic works may be reproduced and distributed in whole or in part, in any medium physical or electronic, provided that the terms of this license are adhered to, and that this license or an incorporation of it by reference (with any options elected by the author(s) and/or publisher) is displayed in the reproduction.

Proper form for an incorporation by reference is as follows: Copyright (c) <year> by <author's name or designee>. This material may be distributed only subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Yellow OpenMusic License, vX.Y or later (the latest version is presently available at The reference must be immediately followed with any options elected by the author(s) and/or publisher of the work (see section VII). The refence must be incoporated in any publication of the work, either physical or electronic. If the work is broadcasted, or the reference can not be incorporated by physical means, the reference can be ommitted with prior permission obtained from the copyright holder.

Any publication in physical form (like a CD) shall require the citation of the original publisher and author. The publisher and author's names shall appear on all outer surfaces of the product. On all outer surfaces of the product the original publisher's name shall be as large as the title of the work and cited as possessive with respect to the title.


The copyright to each OpenMusic is owned by its author(s) or designee. If the work covered by this license is bound to a specific transport medium (see section VII), it is possible for the author(s) or designee to publish the work on a different medium covered by a different license.


The following license terms apply to all YELLOW OpenMusic works, unless otherwise explicitly stated.

Mere aggregation of OpenMusic works or a portion of an OpenMusic work with other works on the same media shall not cause this license to apply to those other works. The aggregate work shall contain a notice specifying the inclusion of the OpenMusic material and appropriate copyright notice.

SEVERABILITY. If any part of this license is found to be unenforceable in any jurisdiction, the remaining portions of the license remain in force.

NO WARRANTY. OpenMusic works are licensed and provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose or a warranty of non-infringement.


All modified versions of works covered by this license, including partial works incorporated into new works, must meet the following requirements:


In addition to the requirements of this license, it is requested from and strongly recommended of redistributors that: If you are distributing OpenMusic works in physical form, you provide email notification to the authors of your intent to redistribute at least thirty days before your media freeze, to give the authors time to provide updated works. This notification should describe modifications, if any, made to the work. All substantive modifications (including deletions) be described in an attachment to the work. Finally, while it is not mandatory under this license, it is considered good form to offer a free copy of any physical form expression of an OpenMusic-licensed work to its author(s).


The publication of this work or derivative works in whole or in part in standard (physical) form for commercial purposes is prohibited unless prior permission is obtained from the copyright holder. "Commercial purposes" include any broadcasting via commercial networks, commercial hiring, commercial copying and lending and commercial public performance.


The author(s) and/or publisher of an OpenMusic-licensed document may bind any publication of this work or derivative works in whole or in part on a specific transport medium (for example "digital distribution via the Internet"). Exceptions can be made with prior permission from the copyright holder.

This option is selected by appending language to the reference to or copy of the license. This option is considered part of the license instance and must be included with the license (or its incorporation by reference) in derived works.

To accomplish this, add the phrase "Distribution of the work or derivative of the work is restricted to <insert medium here> unless prior permission is obtained from the copyright holder." to the license reference or copy.


(This is not considered part of the license.)

OpenMusic works are available in source format via the OpenMusic home page at

OpenMusic artists who want to include their own license on OpenMusic works may do so, as long as their terms are not more restrictive than the OpenMusic license.

If you have questions about the OpenMusic license, please contact LinuxTag e.V., and/or the OpenMusic Artists' List at, via email.

To subscribe to the OpenMusic Artists' List: Send E-mail to

To post to the Open Publication Authors' List: Send E-mail to or simply reply to a previous post.

To unsubscribe from the OpenMusic Artists' List: Send E-mail to with the words "unsubscribe openartists" in the body of the mail.