If you have an eye for detail, you may have noticed I have a new notice on the page:
What exactly does it mean? Rather than send you to the Creative Commons web site to poke around until you find the explanation for yourself, I’ll tell you right here.
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Means that under the terms of the license, you are free to:
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
The licensor (that’s me) cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.
And you can do this under the following terms:
- Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
- NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
- ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
- No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.
Want It In Plain English?
Anything you find on my blog or website is free for you to copy and use for non-commercial purposes, so long as you give me credit as the original author. If you decide to share it with anyone, either in the original format or as you have edited or modified it, you may do so provided you distribute it under the same terms of this license.
And if you have any questions or would like additional rights, such as the ability to use it for commercial purposes, then let’s talk about it, hmm? Just email me and we’ll work something out.
Why Did I Do This?
Because it occurred to me that a lot of what I post here is the result of a lot of research. Research that takes time and in some cases, money. And while I don’t mind sharing the results of my research with you, I realized that there may be a way for someone to commercialize (that is, make a profit) my work. And that’s simply not fair.
At the same time, I do want you to share my information and opinions with others. A standard copyright wouldn’t work, because it’s too restrictive. And if I put it into the public domain, then I couldn’t prevent someone from making a profit on it.
And why should someone else make a profit, when I’ve done all the work?
The Bottom Line
By all means, you’re free to use anything I post here, just so long as you give me credit for it. I think that’s a reasonable request, don’t you?