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February 03, 2008

Electric Sheep Reuse Policy

In the Electric Sheep, the sheep themselves, their genetic codes and the images from them are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Those who remix and reuse though are left with a question: how to give credit?

I have answered this question on a case-by-case basis, and over time this developed into an unwritten policy. Recently I realized (translation: a good friend pointed this out to me) that to facilitate sharing, reduce confusion, and hopefully increase compliance on this point I should write down and publish the policy. The result is on the top menu of the sheep home page, and the fine print at the bottom of every server page. Please take note! I quote it in full below, as a record. Questions and comments on the forum.

Do you want to display Electric Sheep screensaver images and animations on your website or place of business, or at your event? Do you want to sample them into your own works or put them in your film or on the cover of your album or book? We're glad to hear it! You may do this free of charge, on the condition that you give credit by saying "images by Scott Draves and the Electric Sheep".

The Electric Sheep are distributed under a Creative Commons license that requires you give credit. Here is how the works should be attributed, depending on format:

1) for still prints: either on the work in legible text, or next to the work on a label or caption.

2) for video screens or projections on the wall: on an adjacent plaque, illuminated if the lighting is dim.

3) for use in a film or video: in the credits at the end.

4) for live mixing by a VJ, if the sheep are just a few of many clips in your show, then it suffices to attribute and link to on your web page, blog, myspace or wherever you promote yourself online. if the sheep are a substantial part of the show, then they should get credit in the program or flyer.

5) for use on the web, then attribute in legible text and link to

6) on an album or book cover: attribute in the inside credits.

7) If you design your own sheep, attribution is not required. Rerendering designs from the server does still require attribution.

8) use without attribution is possible with purchase of a license. for example, to use electric sheep in an advertisement or product packaging, contact XXXX.

In contrast, Dreams in High Fidelity, high-res prints of Electric Sheep, and Scott Draves' other limited-edition art is not available free of charge, see or contact YYYY for more information. ADDENDUM: the reuse policy has changed, please see Posted by spot at February 3, 2008 04:17 PM

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