Saturday, February 5, 2011

Creative Commons

For those who are not aware, Creative Commons is an adjusted copyright law that allows others to edit and use the work for free, as long as they follow certain guidelines. Among those guidelines often are: you may not sell your derivative work, you must share your derivative work under the same guidelines, you may not sell the original, you may/may not use it for commercial work...

There are variations.

As much as I support Creative Commons, I do not license my writing under it. Access to my writing is available for free, online, already, but collections that I put out are not. My collections are assembled to tell a story in their parts, and that secondary story, you must invest to gain access.

However, I have no issues with creating your own stories from my work, but you are not permitted to sell my work, only your derivations.

I highly recommend anyone interested in historically recent art examine the Creative Commons. I've heard too many people say that it was too complicated, too long, didn't bother reading. Unfortunately, the Creative Commons license is not going away. Fortunately, once you take the time to read it and understand it, you won't need to read it again every time you see someone using it.

I was introduced to Creative Commons by Cory Doctorow, who writes fiction and essays, often about filesharing--illegal and otherwise. I may in the future review some of his pieces, but for now I recommend swinging by his website (a reference to the first short story of his I read):