One of the things that we need to do better as bloggers is actively encourage others to take licensing seriously. CreativeCommons.org should be well known, studied, and understood by us.
The simple fact is that it isn’t.
Typically I tell a lot of people who have questions to go to the site and “learn.” Well, apparently not a lot of those people go and do just that. So, let me tell you what I use for my content that I publish online.
I use this: The Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 for the United States. You can find the exact description right here.
I’d recommend that you use the same, and here’s why:
- It let’s people share your content that you create. That’s a good thing.
- They can “mix” the content up, meaning they can take chunks without the pressure of taking the whole and re-use and re-purpose it for their needs.
- It requests “attribution,” which means that the author gets the respect that they deserve for being the author and creator of the content. Give respect when respect is due!
- It means that others can’t earn anything or make a profit off your work.
- It means that if someone else uses your content they have to abide by the rules set out by the license that you use. No abuse or “grey” lines here!
- It highly suggests linking back to the original work. This is good for link-building, SEO, and helps provide the new audience historical context on the original work. Link love is good stuff.
- It forces a “ask permission” type mentality for everything. It’s simply good practice to “ask for permission” to use stuff. It gives the author the ability to “waive” any of their above aforementioned rights on a case-by-case basis.
- It doesn’t “impair nor restrict the author’s moral rights.” A little ambiguous here, but good anyways.
I think this license is the best license that we, as technoevangelists can use, without limiting the opportunity to learn and use our content. It protects the author and the readers from abuse and misuse. I think it maintains a level of “control” in an open source world without cramping the open source “mentality.”
For myself, I use Feedburner to distribute this license. See the screenshot below for my settings:
I have now included the image of the license on my blog here (see footer) and my other blogs as well.
Want one? Go here to get your copy of the license. Do it, for yourself and for the people that you serve!