Title says all, I would like to publish my game under a Creative Commons license. What licenses can I use for a game if any?

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    \$\begingroup\$ How would others use and adapt your game and republish it? Also, What licenses can I use for a game if any? is too broad. Why would you do that? What's your main goal in doing so? \$\endgroup\$ – Vaillancourt Nov 16 at 2:24

Well, you can do that. You can use any license you want for your game. But Creative Commons does not recommend it. The reason is that there are a lot of licenses available which were written specifically for software. These licenses have the same basic intentions as CC licenses, but have a wording and include clauses which are much more appropriate for this particular use-case. Here are a few licenses I would recommend as alternatives for CC licenses (but please note that I am not a lawyer):

But with games in particular there is the problem that usually about half the work are art assets which are not appropriately covered by software licenses. We ran into that problem once during an open source project licensed under GPL when people started to wonder what the "sourcecode" of a spritesheet is supposed to be.

A good solution can be to separate the programming of the game from the art assets. You can license the programming under a software license and the assets under a Creative Commons license.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Unfortunately there are no well-established and freely usable software licenses I know which are equivalent to CC-BY-NC (free for non-commercial use) or CC-BY-ND (free to distribute without changes). If you know one, feel free to comment. \$\endgroup\$ – Philipp Nov 16 at 12:00

Apparantly since video games count as software I can't put a CC license on them.


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