I’ve used this plugin here and elsewhere to add a Creative Commons licence to the items I publish. Publishing something as Creative Commons means you still retain full copyright to the material, but gives others permission to use portions (or all) of your work on their own sites as long as they meet your guidelines. The choices can be a combination of the following:
- Attribution - the person who uses your content must link back to you.
- Non-commercial - the work they do must not be used for commercial gain.
- Share Alike - the work they make must also be put under a Creative Commons licence with the same terms.
The nature of the web is to share and republish things you find interesting and useful and to add your own take on it. By making my writing CC licensed, people can share what I write without fear of copyright claims (as long as they agree to my terms). I in turn other people’s CC licensed photos in a lot of my posts. CC helps to make the web richer and more useful by opening up things that might otherwise be locked away on their own sites.
If you don’t plan to sell your work or make money off it, or feel like contributing to your community in some way consider putting your work under a Creative Commons licence.
I DIDN’T KNOW MY SISTER WAS A BLOGGER THEN I FOUND OUT THAT SHE IS AND SHE DID A POST ON CREATIVE COMMONS AND PUBLISHED IT BEFORE I DID AND MY MIND IS BLOWN SO I’M LINKING TO HER POST ON CREATIVE COMMONS SO YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ IT SHE STUDIES COMMUNICATIONS AND SHIT SO SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE’S TALKING ABOUT AND SHE HAS A TWEETER ACCOUNT TOO. HOLY CRAP.