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This site now publishing under Creative Commons

June 16th, 2009 by marcus

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As of today, all of the writing on this web site is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Practically that means that i encourage people who read the contents of this site to republish it in other non-commercial contexts, to link to it, to use excerpts of it in their own work or otherwise share the ideas around.

I’m doing it because i want the ideas noted here to be shared not secreted. I believe they are better loose in the world than stuck on this site waiting to be found. Please pass the posts here along, republish them on your blog, print them out and pass them around to your friends. I ask that you give full credit by naming me as the author and linking back to this site. Also make sure that it is clear that by publishing my work i do not necessarily endorse your site or your content — particularly if i’ve never seen it.

This only applies to non-commercial sites and publications. If you are on a site that takes advertising, makes money or would ordinarily pay a fee for content, the normal copyright rules still apply.

From this week onwards I will also be publishing most of my weekly columns for The Age on this site under the same Creative Commons license. Although i own the copyright, as a matter of fairness to The Age and Fairfax (who pay me to write them) i will leave a reasonable period of time between writing them and making them available under CC here. I have a backlog of a couple of months worth that i will catch up over the next little while. Then will publish them shortly after they come out in print — or more likely when i get around to it.

Finally, it’s slightly embarassing given that i have written about Creative Commons in several places, i have made TV programs about it, i’ve organised forums about it and i have spoken publicly in favour of it in several places. Frankly i’ve just been a little too lazy and preoccupied to do this until now. Now i am finally practicing what i preach.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sarahj Jun 16, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    hey that’s my favourite licence too! Good to see you on the band wagon

  • 2 sole cola Jun 16, 2009 at 10:53 pm

  • 3 Din Heagney Jun 23, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Bravo!