We Need Us ("the Work") contains many components.
It is important to understand that just because something is online does not make it "free". And equally, just because you can say "it’s open", doesn’t necessarily give people certainty that they can re-use it, or if by "open" you mean "free". These ideas have been the subject of much debate in software.
There are clear licensing mechanisms for different content types, and it is important to pro-actively license works to be free, or restricted accordingly. We also wish highlight the complexity in copyright and licensing, as new technology creates new complexity: for example, what is the status of a partially-computer-generated image in relationship to semi-causal influence via networked data (as is the case in this work)? How would you define the "complete work" given it combines creative concepts, technical concepts, architecture, code, design, data, databases, algorithms, images, sounds, and animation – and constantly changes over time? We have taken a variety of approaches here to illustrate these challenges.
All text content, rendered static images and sound samples, database, and data in the Work are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. The full legal license can be read here. All relevant data specifically derived and/or produced for the Work will be published with an Open Data Certificate. We will continue to assess if the "NonCommercial" condition here is desirable in the context of this specific work.
All code pertaining to the Work is available on GitHub under an MIT open source license, aligned with ODI Standards. This license applies to the visual and sonic rendering code, and deployment code therein.
Third party rights such as, but not limited to, Zooniverse data, may apply and will be marked accordingly.
Copyright © is retained in the creative concept, design, composition, and completed rendering of the Work by Julie Freeman ("the Artist"). The work is designed for public performance via the web. If you wish to exhibit as a custom installation (e.g. exhibit in a professional gallery is defined as a Commercial use), please contact us directly.
Nothing in these statements affect the Moral Rights of the Artist. Independently of the Artist’s economic rights, the Artist shall have the right to claim authorship of the work, and to object to any distortion, mutilation or other modification of, or other derogatory action in relation to, the said Work, which would be prejudicial to their honour or reputation.