Uncopyright

Following an article and an associated experiment done by Leo Babauta on zenhabits.net I herewith release all of my copyright on the content presented on this blog (unless otherwise stated on any specific page or article).

What Does That Mean?

Literally, you could steal my content. You could copy it, send it to someone else, use it in your own work, without the need to ask for any permission.

So if you would like to use part of the content in your own work, if you would like to translate it, if you would like to republish it – yes, you can. You don’t have to email me any longer asking for permission to do so.

Credit and Links

While you are under no obligation to do so, I would appreciate it if you give me credit for any work of mine that you use, and ideally, link back to the original.

Also if you added some value to it or if you’ve made a translation of one of my articles I would really love to get your link. I might link back to it, if I find it useful to my readers. Just send me your link via Twitter.

Why I’m releasing copyright

I’m not a big fan of copyright laws anyway, especially as they’re being applied these days by corporations, used to hunt down the little guys so they can continue their large profits.

And I don’t necessarily believe in it being the only valid business model in the new age of the web. Leos experiment indeed showed, that uncopyrighting material can even help foster the growth and popularity of a site enormously. I quote him: “If someone feels like sharing my content on their blog, or in any other form for that matter, that seems like a good thing for me. My work is being spread to many more people than I could do myself. That’s a plus, as I see it. And if someone wants to take my work and improve upon it, as artists have been doing for centuries, I think that’s a wonderful thing. If they can take my favorite posts and make something funny or inspiring or thought-provoking or even sad … I say more power to them. The creative community only benefits from derivations and inspirations. This isn’t a new concept, of course, and I’m freely ripping ideas off here. Which is kinda the point.”

If you would like to find out more about it, read Leo Babautas Uncopyright Article.

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    • @Elli Simpson: Creative Commons was a thought, but I wanted to take it one step further and not only allow users to take my content, but they could share it, change it, use it – in whatever way they want. Even without giving credits at all. If they want to turn my articles into a book, that is fine. If they mention my name, that is fine. If they don’t mention my name, that is fine.

      It is even more deliberating. And I even had people who already translated my material, which I enjoy, since I want the material to be shared as much as possible. Uncopyright is about the content being the important part, not any right I might think I have on it.