Peer Production License

Unless otherwise noted, most work on my website and this blog is now licensed with a Peer Production, P2P Attribution-ConditionalNonCommercial-ShareAlikeLicense.

This is an intranational license that is basically a fork of the Creative Commons NC-SA. What it does is free up peer contributors to the commons, so they can use the work commercially.

In short:

P2P collectives, employee owned orgs, non-profits, etc., are fine to use the work for commercial purposes, so long as there is attibution and the license is shared alike.

If it’s a privately owned for-profit business or corporation, then commercial license is not given unless terms are agreed to.

Individuals cannot resell, but are free to share and remix non-commercially as before.

I view this as an improvement over the CC NC-BY-SA, which is too limiting in scope and leaves fellow peer producers at a disadvantage.

For a tl;dr primer of the license or the full text, please follow the link above.

Some Rights Reserved

I have switched the copyright license for most of my published work, on my blog and website. It will be a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International.

This means that you’re free to share, remix, or use. But it must be non-commercial, attributed to me, and shared with the same license. Some of my official digital copies are available to download and share.

Client work will remain All Rights Reserved, for the agreed to embargo on extra use.

My reason for this is simple. The world has changed. However, bad actors or patent trolls are, once again, being too aggressive with their IP rent-seeking. I’m looking at you Disney and more recently, Microsoft.

You can use centralized databases or emerging decentralized tech. But we all have the right to own our data and content, sharing or selling it however we choose. Copyright infringement – if we’re going to have IP laws at all – should at most be a civil matter, rather than criminal. Anything more, is barbaric.

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