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On Licensing

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 License.

“Attribution,” “Noncommercial,” “Share Alike.” Each of these parts to the license are important. They mean that if you use anything from this site, you must credit the author–me. You may not use anything from my site for profit. That would be stealing. And if you alter, transform, or build upon my site, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to this one.

I really like the idea of a friendly, collective, free licensing system. I just wonder how long and how effectively it will work. Has the Creative Commons system been held up in court? All I did to get approval to call my work “licensed” was fill out a tiny form on a website. How can this be considered on the same level as the system used by the U.S. Patent Office?

Also, if you’ll direct your attention to the bottom of this page, you’ll notice that I have included a copyright notice. Why have both on one site? Well, because my work is copyrighted. By law, anytime you author something and publish it on the internet, you automatically own the copyright to it. In my situation, I think it’s important to share and build a collective exchange of ideas. The Creative Commons license is my way of contributing in a friendly, legal way.